On Thursday, two former MLB players were in a car accident and died. Today, officials believe that the car accident may not have been an accident after all. Officials are in the process of ruling out whether or not a gang of thieves was apart of the act
Jose Castillo and Luis Valbuena were both teammates a part of the Venezuelan winter baseball league. The two former MLB players were traveling with teammate Carlos Rivero in a white Toyota Fortuner when the vehicle ran it to a large rock that was in the middle of the road.
Officials are claiming that it is a possibility that the rock was placed in the spot on purposes by those looking to rob the people in the vehicle. According to local Venezuelan reports, the tact is common for robbers in the area.
Former MLB Players Die In Venezuela
The impact from hitting the rock made the car break down. Looters were able to rob the former MLB players before officers were able to make it to the scene.
During the crash, Valbuena and Castillo were not wearing their seatbelts. Both players were ejected from the car, dying on impact. Rivero has injuries and is in the hospital.
In a statement from the Cardenales de Lara, they say that the accident was a horrible tragedy.
Valbuena’s career band in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. He was able to play 11 seasons in the majors. Other teams he was previously on are the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and the Angels. Though Valbuena did play for LA this past 2018 season. However, he was no longer playing for the team.
Castillo was 37 years old, and was a part of the majors between 2004 and 2008, playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros.
Reports claim that during his career, Valbuena was able to earn over $28 million. However, it is unclear how much Castillo was able to earn over the years.