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OffbeatFormer major leaguers Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

12:30  07 december  2018
12:30  07 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela. 

Also Sunday, former major league infielder Andy Marte died in a separate car accident in the Dominican Republic. Metropolitan traffic authorities said he died about 95 miles north of the capital. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura,” players

Ex- major leaguer Marte dies in car crash . Metropolitan traffic authorities said Marte died early Sunday morning when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo, the capital.

Former major leaguers Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC

Luis Valbuena, who played for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, and former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jose Castillo died in an automobile accident in Venezuela on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Valbuena was 33 years old, while Castillo was 37. The two were playing winter ball for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the major leagues, starting his career with the Seattle Mariners in 2008, and also played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros before the previous two seasons with the Angels. He was a free agent. Castillo played in the majors from 2004-08 for the Pirates, Astros and San Francisco Giants.

Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers

Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers Dozens of Venezuelans have been waiting in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo. The corpse of Castillo was moved earlier Saturday to a different central-west state. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros. They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to avoid an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.

From 1939 to 2018, 390 Venezuelan baseball players born in Venezuela have played in Major League Baseball. This list shows players who appeared at least in one game in MLB, including number indicating order of arrival, name of player, position, starting team, and dates of debut and final game.

The Kansas City Royals pitcher died in a car accident at the age of 25. USA TODAY Sports.

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