The previous main league avid gamers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died on Thursday in a automobile crash in Venezuela, the place they have been enjoying for a wintry weather league staff.
Their Venezuelan membership, Cardenales de Lara, showed the deaths of Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37. Each performed for the staff on Thursday prior to the crash.
In step with information media accounts from Venezuela, the crash came about in Yaracuy. Studies indicated the automobile they have been in hit a rock prior to going off the street. Carlos Rivero, a teammate of Valbuena and Castillo who used to be additionally within the automobile, survived.
All 3 avid gamers have been born in Venezuela.
Valbuena used to be within the main leagues as not too long ago as August, when he used to be launched via the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .199 with a .253 on-base proportion, a .335 slugging proportion, 9 homers and 33 R.B.I. in 96 video games for Los Angeles this yr.
Basically a 3rd baseman, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015. In an 11-year main league profession, he batted .226 with a .310 on-base proportion, a .394 slugging proportion, 114 house runs and 367 R.B.I.
Valbuena broke into the key leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. He due to this fact performed for the Cleveland Indians (2009-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012-14), the Astros (2015-16) and the Angels (2017-18).
Castillo performed 5 years within the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) and the Astros (2008). In 592 profession video games, he hit .254 with a .296 on-base proportion, a .379 slugging proportion, 39 homers and 218 R.B.I.
He performed most commonly 2d base and 3rd base.
Rivero, 30, had a short lived main league stint with the Boston Crimson Sox in 2014. He used to be within the minor leagues in the US as not too long ago as 2017, enjoying for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Magnificence AAA Reno associate. He performed this yr for Tijuana within the Mexican League.