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Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Dead After Tragic Car Accident

07 December, 2018, 17:02 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Players from the Cardenales de Lara baseball team carry the caskets of teammates and former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo at a baseball stadium in Barquisimeto Venezuela on Friday

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo was killed in an automobile accident in his native Venezuela late Thursday night, along with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena.

Valbuena, who played for the Cubs from 2012-14 and was popular among his teammates, and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed when their vehicle collided with a rock that rolled onto a road, according to the Orange County Register.

"We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a auto accident", the organization tweeted.

"We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a auto accident", Major League Baseball said in a tweet.

All three players were born in Venezuela. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief", the Angels said in a tweet.

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Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015.

Yet Luis Valbuena remained a player that fans in Chicago remembered as he continued his career elsewhere in Major League Baseball.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the major leagues, starting in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs.

Castillo, 37, played the first four of his five major-league seasons with the Pirates from 2004-07.

He played mostly second base and third base. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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