Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo Dead After Tragic Car Accident in Venezuela

Arnold Nichols
December 8, 2018

They played for the same team in the Venezuelan winter league, and both played in Thursday night's game.

Former MLB infielders Luis Valbuena, 33, and Jose Castillo, 37, were killed in a auto crash early Friday morning after authorities say their SUV flipped when it collided with a rock believed to have been placed in the road by criminals. "Four suspects found with Valbuena's and Castillo's personal belongings were arrested by police, state governor Julio León Heredia wrote on Twitter".

Valbuena 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. Some reports say the auto actually struck the rock.

The Cardenales de Lara team posted about the deaths at 12:38 a.m., describing the traffic accident as "a awful tragedy". His final season in Major League Baseball was with the Astros.


Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a vehicle crash in Venezuela. He was a productive player on the field and played a key role in the Astros run to the postseason in 2015.

He split 2008 between the Giants and Astros, then finished his career by playing three professional seasons in Japan. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs.

Valbuena was known throughout baseball for his bat flips and overall joy for the game, as the veteran infielder even pimped his walks. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends".

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