Sad news to report. Two MAJOR LEAGUE baseball players KILLED in a CAR ACCIDENt in Venezuala!
MLB infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela on Thursday after a car they were riding in veered off the road.
According to local reports 33-year-old Valbuena and Castillo, 37, were leaving their Venezuelan league game with Cardenales de Lara in Yaracuy when their driver either hit or swerved to avoid a rock … and drove off the road.
The man driving the car was the chauffeur of their teammate, Carlos Rivero — who survived the crash.
Photos of the accident have surfaced showing the van totally damaged and flipped on its side.
Valbuen–who most recently played for the Angels this past season — has been in the majors since 2008. He has also played for the Astros, Cubs, Indians and Mariners.
Valbuena hit 25 home runs with Houston in 2015.
Castillo played 5 seasons in the MLB with the Pirates, Giants and Astros.
The MLB released a statement Friday morning, saying, “We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer José Castillo have died in a car accident.”
We have an UPDATE on what may have caused the CRASH. The TWO may have been victims of a ROBBERY gone ALL WRONG!
Venezuelan authorities believe Valbuena and Castillo may have been victims of robbers who’s M.O. involves throwing rocks onto roads to cause cars to crash and then make off with the VICTIMS valuables.
Yaracuy governor Julio León Heredia announced 4 suspects have been arrested after they were found with the players’ belongings.
May they REST IN PEACE!