Ex-MLB Pitcher Jose Lima Dies

Jose Lima, a former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher, has died of an apparent heart attack at 37, a baseball team where he played in his native Dominican Republic reported. The Aguilas Cibaenas said Lima died on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Lima became a fan favorite during his 13-year MLB career for his easy-going character, which spawned the so-called “Lima Time” whenever the pitcher took the mound. He made his Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1994, before moving to the Houston Astros, where he spent most of his career. He earned an All-Star appearance in 1999 after winning 21 games for the Astros. It was during this time that “Lima Time” was born, which was characterized by the right-handed pitcher animatedly celebrating his wins on the mound.

His career took a tumble after 1999, with Lima surrendering a league-worst 48 home runs in the 2000 season. He was traded back to the Tigers in 2001 before moving to the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets, with whom he ended his MLB career in 2006. Aside from his free-spirited ways, Lima is also remembered for his performance in the National League Division Series in 2004, when he helped the Dodgers score their first postseason win since Game 5 of the 1988 World Series. Lima shut out the Cardinals in that game while giving up only five hits.