EX-MLB play­ers Val­buena, Castillo die in CAR Crash

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For­mer ma­jor league play­ers Luis Val­buena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash fol­low­ing a win­ter league game in Venezuela.

The 33-year-old Val­buena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to Car­de­nales de Lara of the Venezue­lan league.

The team said their ve­hi­cle over­turned as they were head­ing to the city of Bar­quisimeto af­ter a game in the cap­i­tal, Caracas.

Val­buena, an 11-year ma­jor league vet­eran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIS in 96 games this year for the Los An­ge­les An­gels, who re­leased him on Aug. 7.

“I will miss Luis’ ban­ter, smile, gen­uine love for his team­mates, and, of course, the bat flips,” Astros man­ager AJ Hinch said in a state­ment. “He was a beloved per­son whether he was on our team or across the field.”

Castillo played five sea­sons with Pitts­burgh, San Fran­cisco and Hous­ton. He had a .254 av­er­age with 39 home runs.

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