Former big leaguers Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash
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Former major league infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash Thursday in Venezuela, where they were playing for a winter league team.
The club tweeted, “We are living a horrible tragedy in Cardenales de Lara. We lost our players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo in a traffic accident.”
Valbuena was 33 and Castillo 37. Both played for the team Thursday.
The Orange County Register says the car they were in reportedly hit a rock on the road in the state of Yarucuy.
The newspaper cites media accounts as saying the person behind the wheel was the driver for former Arizona Diamondbacks player and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero, 30. He and the driver survived.
The New York Times says all three players were Venezuela natives.
According to the Register, Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, most recently with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August. He also had stints with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.
Castillo was iln the majors from 2004 to 2008, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros.
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