Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in Venezuela car crash

Ross Houston
December 7, 2018

Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena was killed in an auto accident Thursday night in his native Venezuela.

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.

The men were traveling from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to the northwestern city of Barquisimeto, where their team is based, for a game on Friday after defeating the Leones del Caracas club, according to the website BeisbolPlay, an official platform for the Professional Venezuela Baseball League.

Castillo played five seasons in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Giants, before finishing his career with the Astros.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August.

According to the Register, Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, most recently with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August.

Valbuena previously played with the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. He was a lifetime.226 hitter with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs. He hit nine home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Halos in 96 games in 2018. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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