Former Pirates Player Jose Castillo Killed In Crash In Venezuela

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This is just terrible 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 vehicle accident after a winter league game.

Former infielders killed in crash while leaving game in Venezuela. The vehicle's driver lost control, and the auto hit a rock, causing it to overturn, the report says.

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The act is a common tactic for robbers in Venezuela, El Cooperante, a news outlet based in Caracas, reported.

Luis Valbuena, a free agent who played with the Angels in 2018, and Castillo, an infielder who spent last season with the Giants and Astros, were involved in the fatal auto crash Yaracuy. They were reportedly killed on impact.

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Valbuena and Castillo's untimely deaths were later confirmed on Twitter Friday morning by a spokesperson for their current Venezuelan team, the Cardenales de Lara.

Valbuena, 33, was a Cubs infielder from 2012 to 2014. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief", the Angels said in a statement.

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Valbuena previously played with the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. Valbuena suited up for Los Angeles as recently as the 2018 season, but the Angels released him in August. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs.

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