Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo Die in Car Crash

Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo Die in Car Crash

A pair of major league infielders were killed in a vehicle crash early Friday morning in Venezuela.

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo had just played a game for the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League when the auto they were passengers in reportedly hit a rock and lost control.

Castillo, 37, played in the majors as an infielder from 2004 to 2008 with the Pirates, Giants, and Astros. The vehicle's driver lost control, and the auto hit a rock, causing it to overturn, the report says.

The club tweeted, "We are living a disgusting tragedy in Cardenales de Lara". He also played for the Mariners, Indians, Cubs and Astros during an 11-year career that began in 2008.

"This is a very sad day for our sport as we mourn the deaths of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo", commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. His best year came in 2016 when he batted.260 and slugged.459 while hitting 13 home runs and collecting 40 RBI for the Houston Astros.

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Castillo, in the meantime, had a mildly successful Major League Baseball career but did receive extended playing time in Latin America, where he'd made a name for himself since 2008.

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.

Former infielders killed in crash while leaving game in Venezuela.

Our thoughts are with the families of both Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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