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Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela


By CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — 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.


“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.


Valbuena hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.


“Luis was always smiling and was one of the happiest players in baseball,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.






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