Ex-Major Leaguer Jose Lima Dead at 37

Pitcher for Dodgers, Astros, Mets suffered heart attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2010 12:59 PM CDT
Ex-Major Leaguer Jose Lima Dead at 37
Jose Lima, then pitching for the Astros, goofs around as he signs autographs before a spring training Game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, March 5, 2000.   (Getty Images)

Former major league pitcher Jose Lima died today at age 37, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced. The Aguilas Cibaenas, Lima's winter ball team in the Dominican Republic, said he died of an apparent heart attack. In 13 major league seasons, Lima was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. He hadn't pitched in the major leagues since a four-game stop with the New York Mets in 2006.

Referring to his often-colorful outings as "Lima Time," the right-hander posted his best season in 1999, when he played for the Houston Astros and was selected to the All-Star game. He went 21-10 in 35 starts with a 3.58 ERA for the NL Central champs. Lima went 46-42 with the Astros between 1997-2001. He also pitched for Detroit and Kansas City. (Read more Jose Lima stories.)

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