Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo killed in crash

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo

Two former Houston Astros players, Luis Valbuena and José Castillo, were killed in a auto crash, according to the players' current baseball team. Their auto had hit a rock in the road, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Valbuena and Castillo's untimely deaths were later confirmed on Twitter Friday morning by a spokesperson for their current Venezuelan team, the Cardenales de Lara. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors with multiple teams that included the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels.

Two former major league baseball players were killed in a vehicle crash that may have been caused by criminals attempting to rob them in Venezuela.

"Authorities said the players may have been the intended victims of criminals in Venezuela who throw rocks onto roadways to disable cars or cause crashes and then rob the vehicles' occupants", The Los Angeles Times said.




They played in a match on Thursday for the Cardenales de Lara team against Leones del Caracas. His final season in Major League Baseball was with the Astros. It's unclear how much money Castillo may have earned while playing.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief'.

Castillo, 37, joined Major League Baseball in 2004.

In this 2006 photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Jose Castillo is greeted in the dugout by teammates after hitting a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth off San Francisco Giants closer Armando Benitez during a baseball game in Pittsburgh. He had a.254 average with 39 home runs.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014.

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