A former pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers, Jose Lima, apparently died of a sudden heart attack in his sleep Sunday morning at the age of 37. He was a beloved player for the team. According to Yahoo! Sports Lima’s record precedes him. Lima, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in “won 89 games over 13 major league seasons, 37 over two seasons – 1998-99 – with the Houston Astros and 13 for the Dodgers in 2004.” He was so flavorful and alive on the field his style of play became known as “Lima Time.”
The game of baseball has not seen him “wind up” since he retired four years ago. He leaves behind an 11-year old son, Jose Jr., who he had at Angels stadium for a game a little over a week ago. His father received a standing ovation from the crowd. He was loved by the fans as well as the management for the Dodgers team.
He was also very active with young aspiring baseball players. He was starting a baseball academy in Pasadena, Calif., which had an immediate response of more than 250 applicants. Get an intimate view of Lima here. RIP.