Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in auto crash

Silvia Morton
December 8, 2018

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a vehicle accident on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.

The players, Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, had been driving with two teammates back to the city of Barquisimeto early Friday morning when their vehicle hit a rock in the road just before 2 a.m. local time, according to the club's spokesman and a police report.

The 33-year-old Valbuena played in 149 games for the Cubs in 2014, compiling 16 home runs and a.776 OPS.

Castillo played four seasons with the Pirates, and last appeared in the majors in 2008 with the Houston Astros. The vehicle's driver lost control, and the auto hit a rock, causing it to overturn, the report says.

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The Cardenales de Lara team posted about the deaths at 12:38 a.m., describing the traffic accident as "a terrible tragedy". Known for his affinity for bat flips and an ebullient personality, Valbuena was a popular clubhouse fixture in his decade-plus as a Major Leaguer - as evidenced by the outpouring of emotional messages from former teammates on social media.

The Houston Astros joined the world in remembering the lives of former Astros players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo on Friday.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief'. He batted.254 with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his five Major League Baseball seasons.

He split 2008 between the Giants and Astros, then finished his career by playing three professional seasons in Japan. Jose's time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, friends and fans, particularly those in their native Venezuela".

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