Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in auto crash in Venezuela

Virginia Santiago
December 8, 2018

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a vehicle crash 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 and Castillo's untimely deaths were later confirmed on Twitter Friday morning by a spokesperson for their current Venezuelan team, the Cardenales de Lara. He was a popular teammates at stops with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Astros and Angels.

The club tweeted, "We are living a disgusting tragedy in Cardenales de Lara".

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Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a auto crash in Venezuela.

He split 2008 between the Giants and Astros, then finished his career by playing three professional seasons in Japan.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors and last played for the Angels in 2018 before being released in August.

"Luis was always smiling and was one of the happiest players in baseball", Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

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Castillo, 37, hasn't appeared in the Major Leagues since 2008.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in a tweet that "I join in the mourning that has overwhelmed the Venezuelan baseball family and all of its fans". "The #Cubs organization sends its condolences to his family and friends".

Valbuena was known throughout baseball for his bat flips and overall joy for the game, as the veteran infielder even pimped his walks.

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