Two former Major League Baseball players were killed in a car accident. According to a report from ESPN, Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in Venezuela on Thursday night.
Valbuena was 33. Castillo was 37.
According to the report, the crash occurred after the two left the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in a Venezuelan professional league. Venezuelan authorities gave details on the crash, saying the two went on the opposite side of the road to avoid a sliding rock.
The official MLB Twitter account shared the news.
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
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the MLB, including two with the Los Angeles Angels – whom he was with until his release from the team in April 2018. He spent time with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros before his stint with the Angels.
Castillo played five seasons in the MLB, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2004-2007.
Our thoughts are with the families of both Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.