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BREAKING NEWS: Jose Lima, Former MLB Pitcher, Dead at 37

Jose Lima #42 of the Houston Astros wears his glove on his head during the game against the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Padres defeated the Astros 10-3.
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Denton RamseySenior Analyst IMay 23, 2010

Jose Lima, a former Major League Pitcher for five teams from 1994-2006, died early Sunday morning, May 23.

Lima was 37 years old.

According to numerous ESPN news wire services, Lima's wife—Dorca Astacio—believes the cause of death was a heart attack.

"Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare," Astacio told "I called the paramedics, but they couldn't help him."

Lima's best season in the majors came in 1999 when he was pitching with the Houston Astros—going 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA.

A player known for his upbeat attitude and love-of-the-game personality, Lima will truly be missed.

And he'll always be remembered—by former teammates and fans alike.

As Lima used to always love to say, "It's Lima Time."


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