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Former MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo killed in car crash

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo killed in car crash

Former Major League Baseball infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in a auto accident Thursday in Venezuela, The Orange County Register reported.

MLB veterans Jose Valbuena, 34, and Jose Castillo, 37, lost their lives in a auto crash after a playing in a Venezuela Professional Baseball League game.

Castillo, 31, played in the big leagues from 2004-2008, and was a stout defender for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and the Astros as well. The vehicle's driver lost control, and the auto hit a rock, causing it to overturn, the report says.

"We are living through a disgusting tragedy", the Cardenales said on Twitter. His final season in Major League Baseball was with the Astros.

Erik Ortiz
Erik Ortiz is an NBC News staff writer focusing on racial injustice and social inequality
Erik Ortiz Erik Ortiz is an NBC News staff writer focusing on racial injustice and social inequality

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 subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians (2009-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012-14), the Astros (2015-16) and the Angels (2017-18).

Two other people, including Cardenales de Lara third baseman and former major league player Carlos Rivero, also were in the vehicle and survived the crash, police said.

Valbuena was a lifetime.226 hitter, but he batted.287 in 52 career games against the Rangers with five homers and 26 RBIs.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.

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