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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. BluntZ - May 23, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    I just started Jose Lima in a game of MLB Showdown against my friend yesterday! RIP Jose “the bean” Lima

  2. aj2k02 - May 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    this is just so shocking….lima was one of my favorite starters when he pitched for LA. he show much love for the game. he seemed happy to pitch for the fans of LA and happy with his teammates. he, among very few were the faces of the game.
    i attended the dodgers game this past friday against the tigers, and so did he. the crowd cheered for him. he looked like he was in very good condition for his age, its sad to hear that he left us this morning. oh, how were arent promised tomorrow, so each day is a gift from God.

  3. beezo - May 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Sad news, and I hate to be the one that asks, but everyone is thinking it… a heart attack at 37…cocaine?

  4. Bob H - May 23, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Lima Time has run out.

  5. Trueblue310 - May 23, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    I will always remember in 04′ when he was a crucial part of the Dodgers winning the pennant that year, when it took us until the last game of the year to do so against the hated giants. R.I.P JOSE LIMA, LIMA TIME!

  6. Spock - May 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    The shame of the reprehensible conduct of the players’ association is that my first thought on hearing this news was the guy probably was a steroids abuser.

  7. 515geo - May 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Well I guess it was Lima’s TIME!!!! R.I.P

  8. Brenda, Chicago - May 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    RIP, but he was a junk baller.

  9. Big Johnson - May 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    People do have Heart Attacks ! Even alot younger.. Usally a blocked Artery….Give the man a break!!!

  10. mary - May 23, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I loved watching him pitch for the Astros “barking” into his glove when things didn’t go his way! Also saw him at Tux and Tennis Shoes benefit at the Wortham in Houston! He was a showman…..and had a great smile! God bless his soul, may he rest in peace.

  11. benny_22 - May 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    I played golf with Lima about a year ago in Long Beach and will never forget it, he was a great guy with a huge smile and great laugh. He was just as fun on the golf course as he was on the pitching mound. He stood with the golf cart right in my line about 30 yards in front of me and said OK now hit it right over me…He played scratch golf and helped myself and my buddies around the course smiling and laughing all day long. A great guy and as a Dodger fan a great Dodger! RIP Jose Lima.

  12. Heydee - May 23, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Lima was a great friend, he loved life and made everyone around him happy just by entering the room. R.I.P Lima will always remember the passion you held for everything you did and the many laughs you brought to our lives. It will always be Lima Time for the ones that met you in a personal level and for the fans who you was always willing to spend a minute of your life!!!

  13. Heydee - May 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Lima was a great friend, he loved life and made everyone around him happy just by entering the room. R.I.P Lima will always remember the passion you held for everything you did and the many laughs you brought to our lives. It will always be Lima Time for the ones that met you in a personal level and for the fans who you was always willing to spend a minute of your life!!!

  14. Wendy - May 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    To all those of you who think you are funny posting comments about steroids or other drugs…go to hell. Who knows what will turn out to be the actual cause, but he was a life loving person who could light up a room just by being himself. His family has to be going through an incredibly rough time, losing a loved one at such a young age. “Lima Time” will always bring a smile to my face.

  15. Jon - May 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    “tragic heart attack”? Of course it’s sad that a person passed at such a young age, but do you know what “tragedy” really is?

  16. davidc45629 - May 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Jon..Tragedy is losing a loved one..maybe you will never experience that..I don’t know who has lower class commenters..here or Deadspin..geez…

  17. Jimmy Choo - May 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Why did he have a heart attack at 37?
    None of the stories even speculates.
    And yes, someone dying way before his time is tragic.

  18. Jimmy Choo - May 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Why did he have a heart attack at 37?
    None of the stories even speculates.
    And yes, someone dying way before his time is tragic.

  19. bnks - May 23, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    i think u are the only one thinking it, but found it necessary to casually bring up something so extremely inappropriate and sensitive shortly after this man’s death. you, sir, are one classy individual. even if YOU did think it, you COULD keep it to yourelf. that involves being tactful, which obviously is a quality that escapes you….keep trying though champion. you’ll get it.

  20. Mikey - May 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Steroids

  21. asian lover - May 23, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Lima was my gay lover, after the game when the other fellas left
    we often ran the field naked, we made gay love on the mound many times.I will always remember playing with his ballz, especially
    the screw ball.RIP, your Korean lover.
    May-5-2001, the day he got 2 swecond.

  22. beezo - May 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    I’m not saying he was a bad guy, from everything people have posted here he seems like a great guy. I’m just saying when you hear 37 and heart attack, the first thing I think is not natural causes.

  23. Dave - May 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Every time that something happens around here (a death, Pujols argues with is manager, someone consult a doctor) three or four peoples always go to drugs (steroids, HGH or cocaine) Come on, we have no evidence of drug used by Lima (and even if we did why should we point that out and gloat about it.) It doesn’t changes the fact that a young man has died a quick and sudden death. Let’s keep all the speculation about the reason for ourselves, we don’t know and we franckly shouldn’t care. Maybe he used to put too much salt on his breakfast for all we know.
    And for those who aren’t convince go visit an hospital from time to time you will see many many many young persons died of natural causes and not because they lived a bad life but because the were unlucky.

  24. Dave - May 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Every time that something happens around here (a death, Pujols argues with is manager, someone consult a doctor) three or four peoples always go to drugs (steroids, HGH or cocaine) Come on, we have no evidence of drug used by Lima (and even if we did why should we point that out and gloat about it.) It doesn’t changes the fact that a young man has died a quick and sudden death. Let’s keep all the speculation about the reason for ourselves, we don’t know and we franckly shouldn’t care. Maybe he used to put too much salt on his breakfast for all we know.
    And for those who aren’t convince go visit an hospital from time to time you will see many many many young persons died of natural causes and not because they lived a bad life but because the were unlucky.

  25. Jon - May 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    davidc45629, the use of the word “tragic” in the headline is superfluous. The 158 people who died in the Air India plane crash this week – THAT is tragic. David, if tragedy is merely “losing a loved one,” and in this case the person isn’t your loved one, we might as well put “tragic” in the headline of every single story about anybody or group who dies.

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