Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers

Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers

Venezuelan authorities have arrested four people suspected of robbing former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo after the pair were killed in a auto crash Thursday.

Yaracuy governor Julio Leon Heredia tweeted that police detained four people in possession of personal items belonging to the deceased players.

A report by a newspaper in Venezuela said that the vehicle had been looted and all three players had been robbed.

According to the Orange County Register, the accident occurred when their vehicle hit a rock that rolled onto a road in Yarucuy, Venezuela. The auto crashed when it suddenly struck a large rock in the middle of the road, and police are wondering if the rock was planted there.

According to the report, the crash occurred after the two left the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in a Venezuelan professional league. Rivero and his driver survived the crash.

Cardenales de Lara team official Gustavo Andrade said the three players elected to travel privately because they had personal business to attend to.

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Several major league teams and players also offered their condolences.

In this 2017 photo, Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier on a sacrifice bunt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. Valbuena also spent time with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros along the way.

Valbuena, 33, recently played for the Los Angeles Angels and had been a free agent since the end of the 2018 season. He had a career batting average of.254 knocking 39 HRs in his 592 appearances.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014.

In an 11-year major league career, he batted.226 with a.310 on-base percentage, a.394 slugging percentage, 114 homers and 367 RBIs in 1,011 games.

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