Tragic news for the entire MLB family out of Venezuela early on Friday morning, as former infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo passed away in a tragic car accident after a winter league game.
According to reports, their automobile hit a rock in the road, sending the car out of control and leading to their unfortunate deaths.
More on this tragedy. Valbuena and Castillo had played in a game tonight in Venezuela. Their car hit a rock in the road. https://t.co/F26SjvEKyY— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 7, 2018
Valbuena was 33 years old, while Castillo was 37. The former played in the major leagues just last season with the Los Angeles Angels, and held a prominent role on the Indians, Cubs and Astros throughout his MLB career. Castillo's time in the majors had long passed, as the former Pirates, Astros and Giants infielder last played in the bigs in 2008.
Valbuena was known throughout baseball for his bat flips and overall joy for the game, as the veteran infielder even pimped his walks. The 33-year-old also had an outstanding glove at third base and played a prominent role on the 2015 Astros team, which made it to the postseason after their tanking experiment came to fruition.
We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer José Castillo have died in a car accident. pic.twitter.com/C3nILO00SE— MLB (@MLB) December 7, 2018
Castillo, in the meantime, had a mildly successful MLB career but did receive extended playing time in Latin America, where he'd made a name for himself since 2008.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of Castillo and Valbuena during this difficult time. We'll have more updates and details when made available.