Ex-MLBers Valbuena, Castillo die in car crash

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

2 Former Major Leaguers Dead in Car Crash

Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a vehicle crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

The accident occurred on Thursday, according to their Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan Winter League.

They and Venezuela Winter League teammate Carlos Rivero, who was injured but survived the wreck, were passengers in the auto.

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The Cubs claimed the left-handed hitting Valbuena from the Blue Jays at the start of the 2012 season.

MLBTR joins the baseball world in mourning the loss of the two and in expressing heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones, friends and former teammates of both Valbuena and Castillo.

He said players travelling behind Valbuena and Castillo "saw when the auto lost control and could not do anything". He was traded to the Astros ahead of the 2015 season and rotated through other teams before his release from the Angels this August.

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The vehicle the ex-MLB players were traveling in was destroyed in the wreck - and before authorities arrived, the Toyota had been looted and the players robbed, according to the Venezuelan regional newspaper El Impulso. He finished his career with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs.

Valbuena, who played 11 seasons in the majors for five teams but most recently the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels in the American League West, was 33.

He played mostly second base and third base.

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