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A sad Sunday indeed for baseball, as America's favorite past time mourns the loss of one of their own. Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima, died suddenly, at 37 years of age.
Jose Lima, divorced, leaves behind five children, who will always remember their father as a divine inspiration in sport.
He only wore a Dodgers uniform for a single season, yet, Lima is still one of the most beloved men, to ever don a blue helmet.
Jose Lima was the instrumental force that took the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2004, and lamented them a Western Division title in the National League.
Lima pitched a five-hit shutout during the playoffs that year, and took the Dodgers to their first postseason win in six years. His brother Joel currently plays for the Dodgers farm team.
Jose Lima played in the league for thirteen seasons. In addition to Los Angeles, Lima lent his arm to Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Mets.
He was continually panned by players, coaches, and analysts for using strange gestures - like yelling into his glove and pounding his chest- before his pitch.
Jose Lima once sang the National Anthem before a Dodgers game.
Though wildly flamboyant in his style of play, for the most part, his teammates and rivals really enjoyed his wild ways on the mound. The year 2006 went on the record as Jose Lima's last game in the states. Jose played one season for a Korean team in 2008.
Pasadena Police were dispatched to Lima's home at 6 a.m. after a call came into 911 (via an unnamed source), telling a dispatcher, that Jose had gone into a cardiac arrest. By the time police arrived, Jose Lima was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy is currently underway to further investigate any extracurricular circumstances. Police reports claim that Lima had been out dancing with his family that evening, and displayed the picture of perfect health. He complained of gas pains the night before, but thought they were a faint result of a nightmare. Lima's death comes as a complete shock to loved ones, and the baseball community.
A spokesperson from The Dodgers said that Jose Lima was preparing to open a baseball academy for youth in Los Angeles.
Let's have a look back at Jose Lima's life:
Birthday: September 30, 1972
Place of Birth: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Debut: 1994 - Detroit Tigers (21 years of age)
Last Pro Appearance: July 2006, New York Mets
What You Didn't Know About Jose Lima: In addition to being an incredible baseball player, he also was a fantastic meringue singer!
Rest in Peace Jose Lima. The baseball world, fans, and the Los Angeles community mourn your loss. We tip our hats to you, one last time...