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Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in auto crash in Venezuela

07 December 2018, 05:01 | Henrietta Morgan

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in auto crash in Venezuela

Players from the Cardenales de Lara baseball team carry the caskets of teammates and former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo at a baseball stadium in Barquisimeto Venezuela on Friday

This is just terrible news to wake up to as the entire baseball world is in shock and in mourning upon finding out former infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo passed away in a tragic vehicle accident after a winter league game.

The pair were in a auto when their vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road, the Orange County Register reported.

Major League Baseball tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died.

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They played for the same team in the Venezuelan winter league, and both played in Thursday night's game. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo in a traffic accident".

All three players were born in Venezuela. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

Valbuena, 33, recently played for the Los Angeles Angels and had been a free agent since the end of the 2018 season. He recorded a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBI during his career. He also had stints with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. In 592 career games, he hit.254 with a.296 on-base percentage, a.379 slugging percentage, 39 homers and 218 RBIs.

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Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston.

He played mostly second base and third base.

Carlos Rivero, who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2014, was injured. He collected four hits in seven at-bats (.571 average) while hitting a home run and driving in three runs.

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