As we reported overnight, major leaguer Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo died in a car accident in Venezuela early this morning. A few moments ago, Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement about their passing:
“This is a very sad day for our sport as we mourn the deaths of Luis Valbuena and José Castillo. It is clear by all the stories today that they loved baseball and made an impact on their teammates and the Clubs they represented. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, friends and fans, particularly those in their native Venezuela.”
Once again, we at NBC Sports send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Valbuena and Castillo, as well as the respective organizations for which they played and the teammates and competitors with whom and against whom they played.