Houston Astros players, fans react to the deaths of Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros joined the world in remembering the lives of former Astros players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo on Friday. 

Valbuena and Castillo were killed on Thursday in a car crash in Venezuela when the players’ vehicle veered off a road. 

Valbuena was 33 years old. Castillo was 37.

Valbuena recently played for the Los Angeles Angels, after spending some time as the Astros' third baseman in 2015, and had been a free agent since the end of the 2018 season.

Castillo played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros between 2004 and 2008.


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