Former Major League Baseball Players Die In A Car Accident In Venezuela
Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were both killed in a car accident on Thursday night, a spokesperson for their Venezuelan team, Cardenales de Lara, confirmed.
Valbuena was 33, while Castillo was 37.
The crash occurred after Valbuena and Castillo left the University Stadium at Caracas following them playing a game in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Venezuelan authorities said that their car went to the opposite side of the road while they were trying to avoid a sliding rock nearby.
The players were en route to the city of Barquisimeto, where they were planning to play against Bravos de Margarita on Friday, later that wekk.
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him back in August. Throughout his career in the MLB, he also played with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.
Castillo played in the majors as well, from 2004 to 2008. He has played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and the Astros.