Two Former MLB Players Killed in Car Accident

The ex-pros were teammates in a Venezuelan league.

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Former MLB third baseman Luis Valbuena died in a car crash on Thursday. (Masterpress/Getty Images)
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Former Major League Baseball infielders  Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in a car accident Thursday in Venezuela, The Orange County Register reported.

Valbuena and Castillo’s untimely deaths were later confirmed on Twitter Friday morning by a spokesperson for their current Venezuelan team, the Cardenales de Lara.

According to the Register, the two former pros were in a car driven by teammate Carlos Rivero after a Thursday night game when it hit a rock and careened off the road in the state of Yarucuy.

Valbuena, 33, played in the majors from 2008 to 2018, most recently appearing in 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season before the team released him in August. Castillo, 37, debuted in the majors in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros.

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