Jose Lima, a former pitcher for four different National League teams over his career, died today at the age of 37:
LOS ANGELES – Jose Lima, a right-hand pitcher who was a 20-game winner and an All-Star during a 13-year major league career, died Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers said. He was 37.
Lima, who won 13 games with the Dodgers in 2004, died of an apparent heart attack, according to the Aguilas Cibaenas, a winter ball team that Lima had played for in the Dominican Republic.
â€œLima was an exceptional man. This is a great loss for Dominican baseball and the country,â€ Llenas said.
Referring to his often colorful outings as â€œLima Time,â€ Lima posted his best season in 1999 when he was selected to the All-Star game as a Houston Astro. He went 21-10 in 35 starts with a 3.58 ERA for the NL Central champion Astros.
In 13 major league seasons, the native of the Dominican Republic was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. He hadnâ€™t pitched in the major leagues since a four-game stop with the New York Mets in 2006.
â€œHe was a man full of life, without apparent physical problems and with many plans and projects on the agenda,â€ Astacio said.
Lima went 46-42 with the Astros between 1997-2001, and he was a 20-game winner and an All-Star with the Houston team.
Lima’s last Major League appearance was on July 7, 2006 when he pitched the second of two games for the New York Mets before being reassigned to the Minor Leagues.