Luis Valbuena Wiki
Luis Valbuena Bio
|Luis Adan Valbuena was born on 30th November 1985 and died on 6th December 2018 from a car crash. He was a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder. In an eleven-year career, he played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Angels. While primarily a third baseman, Valbuena also played second base and first base.|
|Luis Valbuena Background information|
|Luis Valbuena Born||He was born on 30th November 1985 in Sucre, Venezuela|
|Luis Valbuena Died||He died on 6th December 2018 (aged 33) in Yaracuy, Venezuela|
|Luis Valbuena Cause of Death||Car Crash|
|Luis Valbuena Wife||Mayela Eatherington|
|Luis Valbuena Parents||At least one known son|
|Luis Valbuena Parents||Nelly Valbuena (mother) and Adan Medina (father)|
|Luis Valbuena Net Worth / Salary||6.5 million USD (2017)|
|September 2, 2008, for the Seattle Mariners|
|August 3, 2018, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|Runs batted in||367|
Luis Valbuena Early life
Valbuena grew up in Sucre, a municipality in the Venezuelan state of Zulia. His parents were Nelly Valbuena (mother) and Adan Medina (father). He was however raised by his mother, who was the president of the local youth baseball league. Valbuena’s older brother and several uncles helped him learn to play baseball.
Luis Valbuena Professional career
Valbuena began his professional career in the Seattle Mariners organization in 2005. On 1st September 2008, He promoted to the major leagues, from the Mariners’ Triple-A team, the Tacoma Rainiers.
He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade that sent Franklin Gutiérrez to Seattle on On 10th December 2008.
In July 2011, the Indians optioned Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus, to make room for the promotion of rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis. Valbuena was recalled after Kipnis was put on the disabled list with an oblique injury in August 2011. He was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster on 18th November 2011. On 26th November the same year, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.
On 4th April 2012, Valbuena was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs after being optioned by the Blue Jays. On 7th April the same year, He was outrighted to the minors. Valbuena was called up from the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on 14th June 2012.
Valbuena played 108 games for Chicago in 2013, hitting .218 with 12 home runs and 37 runs batted in (RBI). In 2014, Valbuena’s batting average increased to .249 over 149 games, and he had 16 home runs and 51 RBI. By June 2014, Fangraphs noted that Valbuena was hitting fastballs well in the lower, outer portions of the strike zone, which had been a weakness for him in previous years.
On 19th January 2015, the Cubs traded Valbuena and Dan Straily to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler. At the time of the trade, Valbuena was projected as the Astros starting third baseman for 2015. Valbuena’s average dropped to .224 in 2015, but he set a career-high with 25 home runs.
At the start of the 2016 season, Valbuena was the starting third baseman for the Astros. He began to split playing time between first and third base. With the call-up of Astros prospect Alex Bregman, Valbuena saw more playing time at first base.
Los Angeles Angels
On 24th January 2017, Valbuena signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He split time during the season between third base and first base. He ended the season hitting a career-low .199 with 22 home runs and a career-high 65 RBI’s.
Valbuena was designated for assignment by the Angels on August 5, 2018. He hit .199 for the second straight season, finishing with 9 home runs and 33 RBI’s. He was released on August 7, 2018.
Luis Valbuena Death and Cause (Car Crash)
On 6th December 2018, Valbuena, José Castillo, and Carlos Rivero were in a car in Yaracuy driven by Rivero’s chauffeur when the car struck a fallen rock and wrecked. Rivero and the driver survived, but Castillo and Valbuena died from the accident. Castillo, Rivero, and Valbuena were all members of Venezuelan winter team Cardenales de Lara and had played a game the day of the crash. Valbuena had turned 33 years old the week before his death.
BeisbolPlay’s Twitter account confirmed the news of the death of Castillo and Valbuena. The tweet read “| Fuente confirms that the Grandeliga Luis Valbuena and José Castillo, players of , died in a traffic accident on a trip back to Barquisimeto the Antesalista Carlos Rivero survived the accident”
— BeisbolPlay (@beisbolplaycom) December 7, 2018
Luis Valbuena Wife, Children
Valbuena was married to Mayela Eatherington as per Houston lifestyle site Love & Tacos. He and Mayela one son, who is featured in a Fox News interview, with his father. Valbuena’s family was extremely private; the details of his personal life are mostly unknown.