Ex MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo killed in an accident after their car struck a rock and veered off road in Venezuela
The players' deaths were confirmed by their club Cardenales de Lara, which said that both players were infielders in their team and had played a game on Thursday before the tragedy
Former major league baseball players 33-year-old Luis Valbuena and 37-year-old Jose Castillo were reportedly killed in a car crash in Venezuela on Thursday. Reports state that the players were playing at Yaracuay for a winter league team. The players' deaths were confirmed by their club, Cardenales de Lara, which said that both players were infielders in their team and that they played a game on Thursday before the tragic incident.
Venezuela media reported that the crash occurred in Yaracuay, with conflicting reports suggesting that their car either hit a rock or swerved to avoid a rock before going off the road.
Former @MLB players Luis Valbuena, 33 and José Castillo, 37 have tracigally died in a car crash which took place on Thursday night. Our thoughts are with their families. More info: 👉🏼 https://t.co/etrTwGduTO pic.twitter.com/9nyY3NY61u— Real Sport HQ (@RealSportHQ) December 7, 2018
Reports state that the dup's teammate Carlos Rivero, a former infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was driving the car when the accident occurred, however, he survived. All the three players were reportedly born in Venezuela.
Rivero, 30-year-old, reportedly had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. The player reportedly collected four hits in seven at-bats (.571 average) while hitting a home run and driving in three runs.
Major League Baseball, on early Friday, tweeted: "We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a car accident."
Luis Valbuena, 33 and Jose Castillo, 37, both former Houston Astros, died in an automobile accident in Venezuela on Thursday, according to multiple reports. https://t.co/OC7l0GXtZB— 12NewsNow (@12NewsNow) December 7, 2018
Valbuena, who was in the major leagues recently, was released by the Los Angeles Angels in August. The player reportedly hit .199 with a .253 on-base percentage, a .335 slugging percentage, nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games for Los Angeles this year, according to the Daily Mail.
Shortly after the news broke, the Angels wrote a tweet saying: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former MLB infielder José Castillo. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief."