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Two former Houston Astros players killed in auto crash

Two former Houston Astros players killed in auto crash

A pair of ex-Major League Baseball players died in a vehicle crash Thursday night in Venezuela.

Their auto hit a large rock in the road which caused them to be thrown from their vehicles as they were not wearing their seatbelts according to reports. The vehicle was being driven by former Arizona Diamondback player, Carlos Rivera, who survived the crash.

The Cubs claimed the left-handed hitting Valbuena from the Blue Jays at the start of the 2012 season.

All four men were members of Barquisimeto's pro team Cardenales de Lara.

Former infielders killed in crash while leaving game in Venezuela.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors and last played for the Angels in 2018 before being released in August.

Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena

Castillo debuted in Major League Baseball in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Houston Astros joined the world in remembering the lives of former Astros players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo on Friday.

"I will miss Luis's banter, smile, genuine love for his teammates, and, of course, the bat flips", Astros manager AJ Hinch said in a statement.

"Luis was always smiling and was one of the happiest players in baseball", Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "He helped our franchise turn a corner in 2015 and provided many cherished memories". He finished his career with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs.

He played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Fransico Giants and the Houston Astros.

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