Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in Venezuela vehicle crash

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena left and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident Thursday

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. Major League Baseball also confirmed the news in a statement on social media.

The Cardenales de Lara team posted about the deaths at 12:38 a.m., describing the traffic accident as "a frightful tragedy". At some point after the game, they were both passengers in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road.

"We are saddened by the passing of former Cub Luis Valbuena", the Cubs tweeted Friday morning. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

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Valbuena, an infielder, played for five Major League Baseball clubs, most recently the Angels in 2017 and 2018. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs.

Castillo played four seasons with the Pirates, and last appeared in the majors in 2008 with the Houston Astros. He began his career in Pittsburgh, then moved onto the San Fransisco Giants before ending with he Astros. He hit nine home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Halos in 96 games in 2018.

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