Former Cubs infielder dies in car accident
|2018-12-07 08:05:08.0- -||
Horrible news to pass along as former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident Friday morning in Venezuela.
The two players were playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Leones del Caracas club and traveling for a game on Friday.
"We are living a horrible tragedy in Cardenales de Lara. We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident," the Venezuelan club tweeted.
The Cubs released the following statement:
"We are saddened by the passing of former Cub Luis Valbuena,” the Cubs tweeted Friday morning. "The Cubs organization sends its condolences to his family and friends.”
Valbuena played for the Cubs from 2012 to 2014. He batted .249 in 2014 and was part of the trade to get Dexter Fowler from the Astros.
CubsHQ.com would like to send our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.
Heartbroken to hear about Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. My condolences to their families as they deal with this tragedy. Valbuena was an amazing teammate and friend and will be sincerely missed. RIP pic.twitter.com/9rZ1HbmUby— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) December 7, 2018
We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer José Castillo have died in a car accident. pic.twitter.com/C3nILO00SE— MLB (@MLB) December 7, 2018
Estamos viviendo una horrible tragedia en Cardenales de Lara. Perdimos a nuestros jugadores Luis Valbuena y José Castillo en un accidente de tránsito. pic.twitter.com/HPf3LRuxp1— Cardenales de Lara (@CardenalesDice) December 7, 2018
Wow my heart is broken hearing about Luis Valbuena. Great player, teammate, and friend. RIP my friend— Tony Campana (@Tcampana_24) December 7, 2018
RIP Luis Valbuena. King of the bat flip and a fun player to watch during a rougher than rough period for the @Cubs. Such a tragic loss—car accident in Venezuela where he was playing winter ball @BleacherNation @realcubsinsider pic.twitter.com/dWf1qhjTRl— MBDChicago (@MBDChicago) December 7, 2018
Luis Valbuena was a sweetheart of a guy. Played with great flair. Loved being a big leaguer. RIP.— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) December 7, 2018
MLB Network mourns the loss of Luis Valbuena and José Castillo. pic.twitter.com/2fZQkMCrVH— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 7, 2018
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