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Jose Lima, 1972-2010
Sun, May 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Jose Lima, one of the most entertaining characters in recent Dodgers history, died early this morning of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles, according to a report in ESPN Deportes
. He was 37.
Lima had not pitched in the majors since going 0-4 for the New York Mets in 2006. As recently as last summer, he was pitching for the Long Beach Armada and hoping for a comeback.
His bid was profiled in Sports Illustrated
Root for Lima. He deserves it, if only because he is so relentlessly upbeat, embracing the small stage even as he yearns to return to the big one. "Everywhere I go it's Lima Time," he says. "Time to party, time to feel good. Doesn't matter if it's here or Dodger Stadium."
Lima's best moment as a Dodger was when he shut out the Cardinals in the 2004 National League Division Series.
ESPN Deportes reports that Lima had recently founded a youth baseball academy in Los Angeles.