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Former Pirates Player Jose Castillo Killed In Crash In Venezuela

07 December, 2018, 18:12 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Ex-major leaguers Valbuena Castillo die in Venezuela crash

Former Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena and former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jose Castillo died in a auto crash Thursday in Venezuela, according to multiple media outlets.

A spokesperson for the Cardenales de Lara, Valbuena and Castillo's team in Venezuela, confirmed to Fletcher the two had died, and the team's official Twitter account announced the news early Friday morning.

Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, left, and Jose Castillo were killed in a auto accident Thursday. Carlos Rivero, who played briefly for the Diamondbacks in 2014 was driving the vehicle, but he survived the accident.

Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015.

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Valbuena played 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August.

Valbuena hit.226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.

Castillo played five years in the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Astros (2008). He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs.

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