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SportLuis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

18:30  07 december  2018
18:30  07 december  2018 Source:   ap.org

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

Former major leaguers Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela Luis Valbuena, who played for the Angels in 2018, and former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo died in an automobile accident in Venezuela on Thursday.

Luis Adan Valbuena (November 30, 1985 – December 6, 2018) was a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder. In an eleven-year career, he played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians

José Luis Castillo (born December 14, 1973) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2014. Generally considered one of the best lightweights of his era, he is a two-time world champion at that weight, having held the WBC title twice, from 2000 to 2002 and 2004 to 2005

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela© The Associated Press FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier on a sacrifice bunt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash in Venezuela. MLB tweeted late Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died. Both were playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan league. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) CARACAS, Venezuela — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.

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José Luis Valbuena (born March 19, 1971 in Turmero, Aragua) is a former bantamweight boxer from Venezuela , who had a total number of 30 professional fights during his career. He is best known for knocking down Carlos Barreto on October 9, 1999.

José Luis Valbuena (born March 19, 1971 in Turmero, Aragua) is a former bantamweight boxer from Venezuela , who had a total number of 30 professional fights during his career. He is best known for knocking down Carlos Barreto on October 9, 1999.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.

The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.

Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay.

Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7.

"I will miss Luis' banter, smile, genuine love for his teammates, and, of course, the bat flips," Astros manager AJ Hinch said in a statement. "He was a beloved person whether he was on our team or across the field."

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

"Luis was always smiling and was one of the happiest players in baseball," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "He provided joy to his teammates and our fans. He helped our franchise turn a corner in 2015 and provided many cherished memories."

Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.

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