The baseball world was stunned Sunday upon learning the news that pitcher Jose Lima passed away of a heart attack at the age of 37.
Lima pitched for five teams in 13 seasons (1994-2006), accumulating an 89-102 record with a 5.26 ERA. His best stretch came in 1998-99, where he went 37-18 for the Astros, helping guide the club to consecutive National League Central Division titles.
Lima became a cult figure in Houston, where his wit, love of life, and passion for music made him a fan favorite. He rewarded his fanbase in 1999, finishing 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA while earning his only berth in the All-Star Game.
The Astros paid homage to Lima with a moment of silence before Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. We at Bleacher Report take this time to honor one of the game's colorful characters who left his family—and fans—far too soon.