Former Major Leaguers Dead in Car Crash

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2018

Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, were playing in a Venezuelan winter baseball league and were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara, according to the Athletic. He began his career with the Mariners in 2008 and later played for the Indians, Cubs and Astros.

Former Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena and former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jose Castillo died in a vehicle crash Thursday in Venezuela, according to multiple media outlets. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted.

Valbuena played for the Angels the past two seasons.

Castillo played five years in the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Astros (2008).

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"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. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

Major League Baseball tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014.

Valbuena joined the Cubs in April of 2012 off waivers from the Blue Jays and would play the next three seasons for the Cubs. He played 11 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs, Houston and the Angels. He hit nine home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Halos in 96 games in 2018.

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