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    Former big leaguer Lima dead at 37
    Thirteen-year veteran died of massive heart attack
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    05/23/10 2:14 PM ET

    Former Major League pitcher Jose Lima died of a massive heart attack at his California home early Sunday morning. He was 37.

    Lima's wife, Dorca Astacio, told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas that she thought Lima was having nightmares, so she called the paramedics, but their efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

    According to Astacio, Lima was not experiencing any health problems prior to the heart attack.

    Lima, a native of the Dominican Republic, pitched in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons, from 1994-2006. After breaking into the big leagues with the Tigers in 1994, Lima went on to compile an 89-102 career record to go with a 5.26 ERA. His best season came in 1999 as a member of the potent Houston Astros rotation. Lima posted a 21-10 record that season, along with a 3.58 ERA.

    Astros Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane remembered Lima in a statement released by the club.

    "It saddened me greatly to hear of Jose's passing. He had an outstanding career with the Astros and won 21 games in 1999 on one of our greatest teams ever. He was truly a gifted person both on the field and off of it. He could dance, he could sing, but his best gift of all was that he was an extremely happy person. He just lit up our clubhouse with his personality, which was his greatest asset. Jose was not shortchanged in life in any way. He lived life to the fullest every day."

    The fiery right-hander also spent time with the Royals, Dodgers, and Mets. In his final year in the big leagues, 2006, Lima went 0-4 for the Mets.

    In 2004, as a member of the Dodgers, Lima fired a five-hit shutout against the Cardinals for L.A.'s only win in the National League Division Series. Lima remained a beloved figure in Los Angeles, often attending Dodgers games. He took in Friday's Interleague game against the Tigers with his son Jose Jr.

    Dodgers owner Frank McCourt spoke highly of Lima in a statement released by the team on Sunday.

    "We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Jose Lima. Though he was taken from us way too soon, he truly lived his life to the fullest and his personality was simply unforgettable. He had the ability to light up a room and that's exactly what he did every time I saw him. His memorable contributions to the Dodgers in 2004 and throughout baseball will always be remembered. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family during this extremely difficult time."

    Lima continued to play baseball after his departure from the Majors, appearing in 22 games in 2007 for the Saltillo Saraperos of the Mexican League and making 11 appearances with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League in 2008. He also pitched in the Golden League in 2009, playing for the Long Beach Armada before being traded to the Edmonton Capitals.

    Lima never gave up his hope of returning to the big leagues.

    "I'm just waiting for that phone call," Lima told while playing for the Armada last season. "I know that break is coming."
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    R.I.P. .... I thought he was a great pitcher...

    After his stellar season of '99, this happened...

    Lima surrendered a league-leading 48 home runs, which was only two short of the single season record held by [HIGH-LIGHT]Bert Blyleven[/HIGH-LIGHT], and lost 16 games.
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