Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Killed In Venezuelan Car Crash

Heather Diaz
December 8, 2018

Tragic news for the entire MLB family out of Venezuela early on Friday morning, as former infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo passed away in a tragic auto accident after a winter league game.

The crash reportedly happened when Valbuena and Castillo left the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in a Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Valbuena was 33 years old.

Castillo played five seasons in the majors from 2004 to 2008 and had stints with with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants before finishing his career with the Astros, recording a career.254 batting average with 39 home runs and 218 RBIs. It is suspected that the vehicle crashed when it struck a rock that was placed in the roadway intentionally, as part of a horrific robbery ploy.

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All four men were members of Barquisimeto's pro team Cardenales de Lara.

The Angels also made a statement: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder José Castillo". He also played for the Mariners, Indians, Cubs and Astros during an 11-year career that began in 2008. Jose's time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him.

Valbuena was known throughout baseball for his bat flips and overall joy for the game, as the veteran infielder even pimped his walks. would like to send our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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