Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Dead After Tragic Car Accident

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

A pair of major league infielders were killed in a auto crash early Friday morning in Venezuela. At some point after the game, they were both passengers in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road. Valbuena was 33 and Castillo was 37.

The professional baseball players who were killed in a vehicle crash in Venezuela on Thursday actually rolled their auto in a stickup gone wrong, according to officials and news reports.

The newspaper cites media accounts as saying the person behind the wheel was the driver for former Arizona Diamondbacks player and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero, 30. Valbuena suited up for Los Angeles as recently as the 2018 season, but the Angels released him in August.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder José Castillo", the Angels tweeted.

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According to ABC13, the men were headed to the city of Barquisimeto for a game against the Bravos de Margarita scheduled for Friday. His final season in Major League Baseball was with the Astros. He hit.226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.

Castillo played five years in the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Astros (2008). He had a.254 average with 39 home runs.

MLBTR joins the baseball world in mourning the loss of the two and in expressing heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones, friends and former teammates of both Valbuena and Castillo.