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Two ex-Major League Baseball players die in car crash in Venezuela

Two ex-Major League Baseball players die in car crash in Venezuela

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

At some point after the game, they were both passengers in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road.

Castillo, 37, appeared in 112 games for the Giants in 2018 and 15 with the Astros, having spent his previous four years in Pittsburgh. Some reports say the auto actually struck the rock.

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Cardenales de Lara general manager Richard Gómez called the collision "the worst tragedy that Venezuelan baseball has experienced". Known for his affinity for bat flips and an ebullient personality, Valbuena was a popular clubhouse fixture in his decade-plus as a Major Leaguer - as evidenced by the outpouring of emotional messages from former teammates on social media.

"We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a vehicle accident", Major League Baseball said in a tweet. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief". He subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians (2009-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012-14), the Astros (2015-16) and the Angels (2017-18). Jose's time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of Castillo and Valbuena during this hard time.

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"We want the public to know that we have succeeded in DETAINING 4 individuals that were found with some of the belongings of the Major League Baseball players", tweeted Julio León Heredia, the governor of Yaracuy state.

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

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