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

Former Cleveland Indians infielder dies in car accident

Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a auto crash following a winter league game in Venezuela. Both played for the team Thursday. He joined the Angels prior to the 2017 campaign, ultimatly being released by Los Angeles in August.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief", the Angels said in a tweet.

Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015.

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Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. He recorded a.254 batting average with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his career.

Castillo debuted in Major League Baseball in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels along the way. The driver, former major leaguer Carlos Rivero who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2004, survived the accident. He had four hits in seven at-bats with a walk during the late-August/early September appearances.

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