CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former main league avid gamers Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo had been killed in a automotive crash following a iciness league recreation in Venezuela.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died overdue Thursday, in step with Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.

The staff stated their car overturned as they had been heading to town of Barquisimeto after a recreation within the capital, Caracas.

Valbuena, an 11-year main league veteran, hit .199 with 9 homers and 33 RBIs in 96 video games this yr for the Los Angeles Angels, who launched him on Aug. 7.

“I can omit Luis’ banter, smile, authentic love for his teammates, and, after all, the bat flips,” Astros supervisor AJ Hinch stated in a observation. “He was once a loved individual whether or not he was once on our staff or around the box.”

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

“Luis was once at all times smiling and was once one of the crucial happiest avid gamers in baseball,” Astros basic supervisor Jeff Luhnow stated in a observation. “He supplied pleasure to his teammates and our enthusiasts. He helped our franchise flip a nook in 2015 and supplied many beloved recollections.”

Castillo performed 5 seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 reasonable with 39 house runs.

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