The MLB neighborhood misplaced two of its members Friday when free agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former participant Jose Castillo died together in a car accident. Valbuena was 33 and Castillo was 37.
They’d performed in a winter league recreation in Venezuela Thursday evening together with winter league teammate Carlos Rivero, based on stories. The automobile was being pushed by Rivero’s driver when the automobile collided with a rock. Rivero and his driver survived the crash.
“The Astros household misplaced two younger males yesterday, completely too quickly,” the Astros stated in a press release launched by the workforce. “Throughout his two seasons in Houston, Luis was a particularly in style participant along with his teammates and the Astros workers. He was a productive participant on the sector and performed a key position within the Astros run to the postseason in 2015. Off the sector, he was a heat and pleasant presence to all who interacted with him. Jose’s time with the Astros was temporary, however he additionally had a constructive impression on these round him. Our ideas and prayers are with their households and pals.”
Valbuena and Castillo’s deaths drew reactions from those who knew them greatest — fellow MLB gamers and the individuals who coated them.
This is how they had been remembered by people who had been near them.
MLB gamers and groups
We’re deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of former Pirates infielder José Castillo.
Our ideas and prayers exit to his household and pals throughout this troublesome time. pic.twitter.com/yKw7soe8Ic
— Pirates (@Pirates) December 7, 2018
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
We’re so very deeply saddened to study of the passing of former Astros gamers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. Our ideas and prayers are with their households and family members. https://t.co/DsFivc3KgH pic.twitter.com/DQazSdUlZr
— Houston Astros (@astros) December 7, 2018
— Jason Bristol (@JBristolKHOU) December 7, 2018
Woke as much as information that my scheduled begin tonight is cancelled as a result of 2 of the opposing gamers had been in a deadly accident. One among them a former teammate. Very sobering information. My ideas are with the households and teammates of José Castillo and Luis Valbuena. pic.twitter.com/UEuaSwquxg
— Rick Teasley 銳力 (@ItAintEasy37) December 7, 2018
Completely devastated by the information of Luis’ passing. He was such an enormous piece of our success story with the @astros…however greater than that, he was a husband, father, teammate and buddy. Relaxation simple, brother 💔 pic.twitter.com/WiVx0e1h6O
— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) December 7, 2018
Horrible information to get up to! My prayers exit to each households 🙏🏽🙏🏽. That is unhappy day dropping a buddy and two members of the baseball household https://t.co/1g26hVjUEd
— Edwin Jackson (@EJ36) December 7, 2018
Deepest condolences to the Valbuena household. One of the vital contagious smiles to be round that I used to be lucky sufficient to share the sector with. Might all of us study a lesson to play the sport with the fervour and spirit that you simply did. Might you Relaxation In Peace! #BatFlipKing pic.twitter.com/E7tgb1uA3V
— Justin Anderson (@janderson_22) December 7, 2018
Increíble despertarse con este tipo de noticias, una dura para todos los que conociamos a Luis, una excelente persona, humilde. Paz a tu alma hermano, aca extrañaremos tu alegría!
— Ender Inciarte (@enderinciartem) December 7, 2018
Man I’m actually sick about this. When i noticed you final calling the angels recreation you instructed me how nicely i used to be doing and that you simply had been happy with me. Relaxation in heaven my brother. pic.twitter.com/QM1UMOuiyi
— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) December 7, 2018
Unhappy to get up to the information of the lack of teammate Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. Praying for his or her households to seek out consolation in such a troublesome time. You can be missed ValBueeeeeena 😔
— Rene Rivera (@ReneRivera13) December 7, 2018
RIP Luuuuuu… I’ll miss you brotha. Gone method too quickly. Nice teammate and nice particular person. Day-after-day he would have a smile that will gentle up the room. pic.twitter.com/YA9WghcLYB
— Tyler Skaggs (@TylerSkaggs37) December 7, 2018
— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) December 7, 2018
I wakened hoping it wasn’t actual. This can be the one time I ever noticed Luis Valbuena not sporting his massive smile. RIP. https://t.co/6it3NVHUQS
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) December 7, 2018
One of many solely issues Luis Valbuena tweeted within the final three years was this photograph of him paying tribute to Jose Fernandez. How tragic that he’s now gone, too. https://t.co/tPsum6G7lh
— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) December 7, 2018
Hay cosas que solo quedan aceptarlas. ¡Hasta cuando! Descansen en paz. Luis Valbuena y José Castillo. #RodillaEnSuelo
— Ernesto Jerez (@EJerezESPN) December 7, 2018
Day-after-day, each single day he had a smile on his face, happiness in his coronary heart & a real curiosity in making others really feel the identical. He handled everybody with respect, sincerity,and his great reward of humor. Day-after-day, each single day. #RIP @adan_jome. pic.twitter.com/S3vCTyuUXQ
— Tim Mead (@TMead2002) December 7, 2018
Luis Valbuena cherished two issues: his teammates and baseball.
“For those who’re particular person, child, you need the whole lot for them.”
On his tragic dying: https://t.co/R4NDlPl6FO
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) December 7, 2018