Jose Lima’s death was an untimely one.
And a devastating one as well.
Lima loved life—possibly as much as, if not more than, anyone that has ever set foot on this planet.
His motto, “Lima Time,” was with him and evident everywhere he went—and for whatever team he represented.
From his first year as a professional pitcher with Detroit, through his All-Star times in Houston, to his final days in the majors with the New York Mets—Lima, and his love of the game, will never be forgotten.
The cause of Lima’s death, at least at this time, is being listed as a heart attack.
Lima’s wife told the media that her husband was complaining of chest pains in the night, but she thought he was just having nightmares—and by the time paramedics arrived, there was nothing they could do to save the former MLB pitcher.
Lima was a one-of-a-kind type of guy.
Who knows when—if ever—we’ll see another personality like Lima’s.
One thing is certain: “Lima Time” will live on forever…
Career Stats: 89-102, 5.26 ERA, 980 strikeouts.
Played for five MLB teams: Detroit Tigers (1994-1996), Houston Astros (1997-2001), Detroit Tigers (2001-2002), Kansas City Royals (2003), Los Angeles Dodgers (2004), Kansas City Royals (2005), New York Mets (2006).
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