Former main league gamers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo had been killed in an car crash early Friday after enjoying in a winter league sport in Venezuela, in line with a number of studies.
Valbuena turned 33 on Nov. 30. Castillo was 37.
The 2 had been teammates for Lara, which performed at Caracas on Thursday night time. A crew spokesperson confirmed their deaths to Venezuelan journalist Ephraim Zavarce (per the Orange County Register).
Univision Sports activities, citing sources near the gamers, reported Valbuena, Castillo and one other participant, former main leaguer Carlos Rivero, had been touring in Valbuena’s automobile from Caracas’ College Stadium to Barquisimento, the place Lara is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday. Beisbolplay.com, citing a source, reported the automobile — which was being pushed by Rivero’s chauffeur — struck a rock after which went off the highway within the state of Yarucuy.
Rivero survived the crash, Univision reported.
Valbuena, an infielder, performed for 5 MLB golf equipment, most lately the Angels in 2017 and 2018. He started his profession with the Mariners in 2008 and later performed for the Indians, Cubs and Astros.
We’re deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former MLB infielder José Castillo. Our ideas and prayers are with their family members throughout this time of grief. pic.twitter.com/GxegOtJXuB
— Angels (@Angels) December 7, 2018
Castillo, additionally an infielder, performed 5 seasons within the majors for the Pirates, Giants and Astros from 2004-08.