Luis Valbuena

Luis Adan Valbuena (November 30, 1985 – December 6, 2018) was a Venezuelan expert baseball infielder. He played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. While principally a third baseman, Valbuena additionally played a respectable halfway point and a respectable starting point.

Early life

Valbuena experienced childhood in Sucre, a district in the Venezuelan territory of Zulia. He was raised by a single parent named Nelly, who was the leader of the neighborhood youth baseball association. Valbuena’s more established sibling and a few uncles helped him figure out how to play baseball.

Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena

Proficient vocation

Seattle Mariners

Valbuena started his expert vocation in the Seattle Mariners association in 2005. He was first elevated to the significant groups on September 1, 2008, from the Mariners’ Triple-A group, the Tacoma Rainiers.

Cleveland Indians

On December 10, 2008, Valbuena was exchanged to the Cleveland Indians in a three-group exchange that sent Franklin Gutiérrez to Seattle. Valbuena hit his first significant class grand slam off of Bartolo Colón on June 7, 2009.

In July 2011, the Indians optioned Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus, to prepare for the advancement of new kid on the block second baseman Jason Kipnis. In August 2011, Valbuena was reviewed after Kipnis was put on the impaired rundown with angled damage. He was assigned for task and expelled from the 40-man list on November 18. On November 26, he was exchanged to the Toronto Blue Jays for money contemplations.

Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena

Chicago Cubs

On April 4, 2012, Valbuena was guaranteed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs in the wake of being optioned by the Blue Jays. He was outrighted to the minors on April 7. Valbuena was called up from the Triple-An Iowa Cubs on June 14.

Valbuena played 108 amusements for Chicago in 2013, hitting .218 with 12 grand slams and 37 runs batted in (RBIs). The following year, Valbuena’s batting normal expanded to .249 more than 149 amusements and he had 16 grand slams and 51 RBIs. By June 2014, Fangraphs noticed that Valbuena was hitting fastballs well in the lower, external segments of the strike zone, which had been a soft spot for him in earlier years.

Houston Astros

On January 19, 2015, the Cubs exchanged Valbuena and Dan Straily to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler. At the season of the exchange, Valbuena was anticipated as the Astros’ beginning third baseman for 2015. Valbuena’s normal dropped to .224 out of 2015, yet he set a profession high with 25 home runs.With Jed Lowrie falling off the handicapped rundown and Carlos Correa assuming control over the essential shortstop position, Valbuena was compelled to share a portion of the a respectable starting point obligations alongside Chris Carter and utility player Marwin González so as to make some play time.

Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena

Toward the start of the 2016 season, Valbuena was the beginning third baseman for the Astros. He started to part playing time among first and third base. With the call-up of Astros prospect Alex Bregman, Valbuena saw all the more playing time at a respectable starting point.

Los Angeles Angels

On January 24, 2017, Valbuena marked a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Valbuena split time amid the season between third base and a respectable starting point. He finished the season hitting a lifelong low .199 with 22 grand slams and a profession high 65 RBIs.

Valbuena was assigned for task by the Angels on August 5, 2018.He hit .199 for the second in a row season, completing with nine homers and 33 RBIs. He was discharged on August 7, 2018.


On December 6, 2018, Valbuena, José Castillo, and Carlos Rivero were returning from Caracas to Barquisimeto. The three were in a vehicle driven by Rivero’s escort when the vehicle struck a stone in Yaracuy. The driver attempted to stay away from it, yet slammed. Rivero and the driver endure, yet Castillo and Valbuena were executed. In Venezuela, criminals frequently placed shakes in the street or toss rocks at autos with an end goal to make them wreck. The highwaymen then victimize or hijack the people in question. A few crooks were caught with things having a place with Valbuena and Castillo. Castillo, Rivero, and Valbuena were all individuals from Venezuelan winter group Cardenales de Lara, and had played an amusement the day of the mishap. Valbuena had quite recently turned 33 the week before his demise.