Extinct Angels infielder Luis Valbuena killed in automobile accident in Venezuela – OCRegister

Extinct Angels infielder Luis Valbuena killed in automobile accident in Venezuela – OCRegister
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Extinct Angels infielder Luis Valbuena flips his bat after hitting a solo home flee at some stage within the eighth inning of a game in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23, 2018 at Angel Stadium. Valbuena has reportedly died in a automobile accident in his native Venezuela. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Footage)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 06: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels laughs while stretching for the spring coaching game in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Speaking Stick on March 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photograph by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Footage)

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The Angels’ Luis Valbuena his an RBI double in opposition to the Seattle Mariners at some stage in a baseball game, Wednesday, July four, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photograph/John Froschauer)

OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Luis Valbuena #18 and Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after Valbuena hit a 3-flee homer in opposition to the Oakland Athletics within the head of the 2nd inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September four, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photograph by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Footage)

The Angels’ Luis Valbuena within the predominant inning of a Necessary League Baseball game in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July thirteen, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Libby Cline)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 10: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to striking out in opposition to the Minnesota Twins at some stage within the predominant inning of the game on June 10, 2018 at Goal Discipline in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 7-5. (Photograph by Hannah Foslien/Getty Footage)

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a throw to first contaminated to preserve Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays within the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels received 2-1. (Photograph by John McCoy/Getty Footage)

Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena looks skyward as he crosses home plate after a solo home flee at some stage within the fourth inning of a baseball game in opposition to the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, Would possibly maybe 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photograph/Carlos Osorio)

The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates after hitting a solo home flee within the sixth inning in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, Would possibly maybe 1, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 14: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drinks from a bottle labeled Louie Juice after hitting a residence flee in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals within the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. (Photograph by Ed Zurga/Getty Footage)

The Angels’ Luis Valbuena, proper, hits a flee scoring single with Houston Astros catcher Tim Federowicz, heart, and residential plate umpire Ed Hickox at some stage within the 2nd inning of a game in Anaheim on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photograph/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena is congratulated by Justin Upton after Valbuena scored at some stage within the eighth inning in opposition to the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photograph/Tony Dejak)

Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates his home flee in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays at some stage within the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photograph/Chris Carlson)

ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can’t keep the out on Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants at the start contaminated within the fifth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Footage)

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 23: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim capabilities down to Kole Calhoun #fifty six after he scored on a single within the fifth inning in opposition to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photograph by Bob Levey/Getty Footage)

Infielder Luis Valbuena waits to hit at some stage within the Angels’ spring coaching thunder on the Tempe Diablo Stadium advanced in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)

Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena follows via on a residence flee in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Probability Sisco at some stage within the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Would possibly maybe 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photograph/Designate J. Terrill)

Infielder Luis Valbuena waits to hit at some stage within the Angels’ spring coaching thunder on the Tempe Diablo Stadium advanced in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)

Infielder Luis Valbuena throws at some stage within the Angels’ spring coaching thunder on the Tempe Diablo Stadium advanced in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena reacts after San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt flew out at some stage within the predominant inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photograph/Chris Carlson)

Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena, proper, tosses his bat after hitting a solo home flee while Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann watches at some stage within the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photograph/Designate J. Terrill)

Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena turns as he tries to throw out the runner within the sixth inning in opposition to Cleveland in Anaheim on Thursday, September 21, 2017. (Photograph by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Angels’ Luis Valbuena smiles after his two-flee home flee at some stage in a Sept. thirteen, 2017 game in opposition to the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Luis Valbuena, who played the closing two seasons of his big league profession with the Angels, change into killed in a automobile accident on Thursday evening, alongside with worn big leaguer José Castillo, a spokesperson for his or her Venezuelan team confirmed.

Valbuena change into 33, and Castillo change into 37.

The accident reportedly occurred when their automobile collided with a rock that rolled on to the motorway within the state of Yarucuy, in Valbuena’s native Venezuela.

According to experiences, the automobile change into being driven by the motive force for worn Arizona Diamondbacks participant and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero, both of whom survived.

Valbuena and Castillo both played on Thursday evening for his or her team in Venezuela, the Cardenales de Lara.

The Angels signed Valbuena to a two-year deal prior to the 2017 season, and he remained with the membership until he change into designated for project in August 2018.

Despite the reality that Valbuena did not assemble because the Angels had hoped, he change into in style amongst his teammates.

Valbuena spent 11 years within the majors, with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Angels.

Castillo played from 2004 to 2008 within the majors, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros.


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