Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo die in car crash

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo die in car crash

Former Major League Baseball infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in a auto accident Thursday in Venezuela, The Orange County Register reported. Both played for the team Thursday.

All three players were born in Venezuela.

Valbuena, an infielder, played for five Major League Baseball clubs, most recently the Angels in 2017 and 2018.

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According to reports, both Castillo and Major League Baseball free agent Luis Valbuena were killed when their vehicle hit a rock in the road, and crashed. He began his career with the Mariners in 2008 and later played for the Indians, Cubs and Astros. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs. He hit nine home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Halos in 96 games in 2018. He spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants before finishing his career with the Astros.

He played mostly second base and third base.

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. He had four hits in seven at-bats with a walk during the late-August/early September appearances. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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