Ex-MLBers Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Die In Car Crash In Venezuela

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2018

MLB veterans Jose Valbuena, 34, and Jose Castillo, 37, lost their lives in a auto crash after a playing in a Venezuela Professional Baseball League game.

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

According to media accounts from Venezuela, the crash occurred in Yaracuy.

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

Conflicting reports indicated the auto they were in either hit a rock or swerved to avoid a rock before going off the road.

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Starting his career in Seattle in 2008 and playing for the Indians for three seasons before joining the Cubs, Valbuena spent 11 season in the major leagues and played in 1,011 games. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

In 149 games, Valbuena hit.249 with 16 homers and 51 RBI with an on-base percentage of.341. As he helped the Cubs to a World Series championship as an anchor in center field and at the top of the lineup, Valbuena played the next two seasons in Houston then two with the Angels.

Castillo, also an infielder, played five seasons in the majors for the Pirates, Giants and Astros from 2004-08.

He was in the minor leagues in the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A Reno affiliate. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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