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

Ex-major leaguers Valbuena Castillo die in Venezuela crash

Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a auto crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted.

He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants during five major league seasons. 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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Cardenales de Lara general manager Richard Gómez called the collision "the worst tragedy that Venezuelan baseball has experienced".

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors with multiple teams that included the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels. "During his two seasons in Houston, Luis was an extremely popular player with his teammates and the Astros staff". He finished his career with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs. Jose's time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him.

Our thoughts are with the families of both Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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The pair had been travelling together on their way home after playing a game in their home country of Venezuela, MLB said in a statement.

Valbuena and Castillo's deaths drew reactions from people that knew them best - fellow Major League Baseball players and the people who covered them.

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