Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena dies in auto accident in Venezuela

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

This is just awful 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 auto accident after a winter league game.

The crash reportedly happened when Valbuena and Castillo left the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in a Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

All three men were playing for the Venezuela Winter League club Cardenales de Lara.

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Castillo debuted in Major League Baseball in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Luis Valbuena, 33, played his last two years with the Los Angeles Angels, where the Orange County Register said he was popular among his teammates before being designated for assignment in August 2018. The chauffeur and infielder Carlos Rivero, a teammate of Valbuena and Castillo who was also in the auto, survived.

Valbuena hit.226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief", the Angels said in a statement. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs. He then split the 2008 campaign with the San Francisco Giants and Astros.

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