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Jose Lima passes after tragic heart attack

May 23, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that former major league pitcher Josa Lima has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, California due to a massive heart attack.

“Lima Time” was last spotted in the majors back in 2006, when he allowed 22 runs in four starts with the Mets.  He played in the big leagues for 13 years and always brought an unmistakable flair to the mound.  Some may have seen Lima’s animated pitching persona as a little over the top, but there’s no doubting that it was always sincere.  He clearly loved the game and tried continuing his career at a few different levels once Major League Baseball passed him by. 

The right-hander left the league with an 89-102 lifetime record, a 5.26 career ERA and a 1.39 career WHIP, pitching for the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and Mets.  He was 37 on Sunday when he passed away.

  1. Curious George - May 23, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    three or four peoples always go to drugs

    Sadly, Dave, it’s a LOT more than three or four. Any thread that involves the Yankees or the Red Sox, for example, invariably results in a juvenile “my team roolz, your team sux” taunting session, before ultimately degrading into wannabe witty remarks about steroid use by David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.

    I imagine that many of the posters at this site are young men who have not lost friends yet to an early death. More people than they would think die in their 30s due to little more than bad luck or poor genes.

    It is galling that somebody’s death is the source of entertainment for some. They should only hope that their own passing won’t be treated so glibly.

  2. sowhatifIdo - May 23, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    I took my son to see him in Houston. He was jogging around the track early before a game. He came by us and was acting like he was exhuasted and about to fall down. Then he just laughed. My son did to. Everytime he came by us, he would make a funny face at my little boy or say something. He never got the “EGO” that so many pros do. God be with him and his family. I am sure they are rejoiceing this man in Heaven tonight!

  3. Someone Who Knows - May 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) secondary to cocaine ingestion.
    Textbook case:
    http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/short/99/21/2737

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  5. raul sanchez - May 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    shut up

  6. nikki - May 23, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    im just wondering why all u negative assholes have no compassion? whether or not this man did coke or steroids is irrelevant,and its only pure speculation on your part..no one knows why he hat a fatal heart attack,,,i used to be on the fire department and have seen young people have serious cardiac issues..we had a guy who died of a heart attack at 66…and his wife told me he had his first one at 36..so it DOES happen
    this man was a human being for Gods sakes..and he left behind a family,tons of fans and friends who loved him, so quit fucking arguing about whether or not u consider it a tragedy,or whether or not he did drugs….its so easy to talk shit on the internet, makes your balls bigger than they actually are…i jsut feel sad that there are your kind of people out in this world
    RIP Jose

  7. Dan - May 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    Dying so young is a tragic loss. I highly doubt cocaine or steroids had anything to do with it.

  8. Jan - May 24, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    Jose always put a smile on my face . . . may be put a smile on the face of those in heaven~ R.I.P

  9. B. - May 24, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    What seems tragic to me is the fact that you’re arguing tragedy over an internet message board. Even if the word is superfluous can’t you just leave it alone? People generally don’t care because it’s not the point of the story.

  10. jeff - May 25, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    You want to argue what tragedy is, tragedy is when anyone no matter what was the cause dies at what most people consider a young age. Who among us hasnt done some form of drug be it illegal or prescription, the difference between the young ones that die and the rest of us is we are just lucky but maybe the next time we wont be. But who cares how he actually died, I am sure his family and friends could care less if he was using or had used anything, they have still lost a dear and beloved friend and family member. Jose will never get to hold his grandchildren, see his kids graduate high school and or college, walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day, or be able to grow old with his wife. That is TRAGEDY, so yes my heart goes out to his wife and kids and all the rest of his loved ones.

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