Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Former Cubs infielder dies in auto accident

Ex-major leaguers Valbuena Castillo die in Venezuela crash Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela
Frederick Owens | 07 December, 2018, 19:22

Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena was killed in an auto accident Thursday night in his native Venezuela.

The act is a common tactic for robbers in Venezuela, El Cooperante, a news outlet based in Caracas, reported. Other tributes and statements also began to pour in on social media.

"We are saddened by the passing of former Cub Luis Valbuena", the Cubs tweeted Friday morning.

The two players were playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Leones del Caracas club and traveling for a game on Friday.

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According to reports, both Castillo and Major League Baseball free agent Luis Valbuena were killed when their vehicle hit a rock in the road, and crashed.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief", the Angels said in a statement.

He joined the Angels prior to the 2017 campaign, ultimatly being released by Los Angeles in August. He played 11 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs, Houston and the Angels. He was a lifetime.226 hitter with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs.

Castillo, 37, appeared in 112 games for the Giants in 2018 and 15 with the Astros, having spent his previous four years in Pittsburgh.

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