BREAKING: Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Dead After Tragic Car Accident
This is just horrible 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 car accident after a winter league game.
According to multiple reports, their car hit a rock in the road which sent them the vehicle out of control and ultimately led to their deaths.
“We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a car accident,” Major League Baseball said in a tweet.
We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer José Castillo have died in a car accident. pic.twitter.com/C3nILO00SE
— MLB (@MLB) December 7, 2018
Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, were playing in a Venezuelan winter baseball league and were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara. Ex- Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Carlos Rivero was driving the car and survived the accident.
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors with multiple teams that included the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels.
Castillo played five seasons in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Giants, before finishing his career with the Astros.