Two Former MLB Players Killed in Car Accident

07 December, 2018, 18:12 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a auto crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

Valbuena played in the majors from 2008 to 2018, most recently appearing in 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season before the team released him in August.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

The Cubs claimed the left-handed hitting Valbuena from the Blue Jays at the start of the 2012 season.


Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He recorded a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBI during his career. His best year came in 2016 when he batted.260 and slugged.459 while hitting 13 home runs and collecting 40 RBI for the Houston Astros.

Luis Valbuena, a free agent who played with the Angels in 2018, and Castillo, an infielder who spent last season with the Giants and Astros, were involved in the fatal vehicle crash Yaracuy.

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