Former MLB player killed in a car crash in Venezuela

Moses Sanchez, Contributor

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A former Angels infielder and his winter league teammate, who is also a former MLB player, were killed in a car accident in Venezuela. Luis Valbuena, at the age of 33. Valbuena a native of Venezuela, was an 11-year veteran of the majors, playing with the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. He most recently played for the Los Angeles Angels as a first and third baseman until August, and became a free agent. Castillo, 37, last appeared in the majors for the Astros in 2008. Castillo was also a native of Venezuela, played for a handful of teams in the majors from 2004 to 2008, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Francisco Giants and his last team, the Houston Astros.

The two teammates had been driving to the city of Barquisimeto early Friday morning when their car hit a decent sized rock in the road causing them to reer off the side of the road just before 2 a.m. local time, according to the police reports. The MLB players teams both showed there condolences to both of the former players familys in Venezuela over social media.

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Picture Courtesy #2 : Wikimedia Commons

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