Former infielders killed in crash while leaving game in Venezuela.
Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.
Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, were reportedly leaving the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League when the crash occurred.
According to reports, their car hit a rock and went off the road. Carlos Rivero, who played briefly for the Diamondbacks in 2014 was driving the vehicle, but he survived the accident. ESPN reports that the players were en route to the city of Barquisimeto, where they were planning to play against Bravos de Margarita on Friday.
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the MLB, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August. He also spent time with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.
Castillo played from 2004 to 2008 in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros.