Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on official Rawlings baseball at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports, Khalil Lee

Tragedy has struck the baseball world again. Former Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena and former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident in Venezuela on Thursday.

Valbuena and Castillo were reportedly playing together for Lara Cardinales in the Venezuelan Winter League.



According to the report, Valbuena and Castillo were passengers in a car that collided with a rock that rolled onto the road. Former player Carlos Rivero, who was playing with them for Lara Cardinales, survived the crash.

The 33-year-old Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors. His career started in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners, he then spent three seasons each with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. His best season came in 2015 with the Houston Astros when he hit 25 home runs in 132 games.

Valbuena last played for the Angels this season before he was released in August. In his 11-year career, Valbuena hit 114 home runs with 367 RBI and 169 doubles.



Castillo, 37, spent five seasons in the majors. He played for the Pirates for four seasons and split time in 2008 with the San Francisco Giants and Astros. During his time with the Giants, he turned a triple play.

Our condolences go out to Valbuena and Castillo’s families.