Baseball fans loved Jose Lima, named an all-star back in the 1999 season when he played for the Houston Astros, and more recently for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. He was loved by fans and his peers alike.
Former MLB pitcher Jose Lima was found dead at home this morning of an apparent heart attack. He was 37.
According to ESPNdeportes.com, his wife, Dorca Astacios said, “Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare … I called the paramedics, but they couldn’t help him.”
Lima played 13 seasons for five different teams, the highlight being his 21 win season for the Houston Astros back in 1999.
The Dominican player was a well-liked personality and a natural leader in the clubhouse, and he treated everyone the same.
Lima might have been best known for his emotional antics on the field. He often would pump his fists, shout and appear a bit goofy, but it was all part of his charm.
According to ESPN, Lima had joined the Dodgers Alumni Association about three weeks ago, was at Dodger Stadium for Friday night’s game against Detroit. He was shown on the video board in left field, and he responded by standing and waving to the crowd, which gave him a loud ovation.
Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre was devastated and told ESPN, “It’s so sad. He was just here the other night. His energy was infectious. He was a showman and a hot dog, but he won games. He willed himself to do it. And he always had a smile on his face.
“Life is fragile. You have to embrace it.”