Former Major League Pitcher Jose Lima Dies at 37

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers say former pitcher Jose Lima has died at age 37.

The team says Lima, a 13-game winner with the Dodgers in 2004, died Sunday. According to the Aguilas Cibaenas, Lima's winter ball team in the Dominican Republic, he died of an apparent heart attack.

Referring to his often colorful outings as "Lima Time," Lima 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 champion Astros.

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.

Lima went 46-42 with the Astros between 1997-2001. He also spent two stints with Detroit and Kansas City.


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