There was some sad news around the world of baseball yesterday with the story of former major league pitcher Jose Lima’s death at the young age of 37 due to a heart attack.

Lima was a colorful pitcher who pitched in the majors for 13 seasons for multiple teams including the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and most recently a four-game stint with the Mets in 2006. Lima’s best season was his All-Star year in 1999 when he won 21 games for the Astros.

Here are some various links regarding Lima’s death and career:

This Yahoo Sports article touches on many former teammates of Lima and their memories of him.

The B-R Blog did a nice job of breaking down some of the unusual stats throughout Lima’s career, including one of the few pitchers since 1901 to allow more home runs than walks in an entire season.

ESPN focuses on Lima’s lone year with the Dodgers in 2004 when he help propel them to a postseason appearance, including a five-hit shutout against the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Tigers MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck writes about the Tigers remembering Lima in Detroit, which is where he began his major league career in 1994.

“He would sign autographs all the time and ask the kids, ‘What time is it?’ They would answer ‘Lima Time!’ I can see it right now,” said Guillermo Mota, now a San Francisco Giants reliever.

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