Jose Lima, ex-Dodgers pitcher was 37

jose-lima-stadium.jpgLima died today at home in Pasadena, reportedly of a heart attack. A native of the Dominican Republic, Lima won 89 games in thirteen seasons as a pitcher, including in 2004 the Dodgers' first port-season win in more than a decade. Lima played for the Dodgers just one year, but "Lima time" became a popular meme around the team for that season. He had rejoined the organization in the past month with the Dodger Alumni Association, receiving a nice welcome from the fans when he was introduced at Friday night's game. A team statement on Sunday said he was "preparing to open a youth baseball academy this summer in Los Angeles to help teach the game he loved to youngsters." Also from the statement:

Though he played just one season for the Dodgers, Lima etched his name in team lore when he made the club as a non-roster invitee following Spring Training of 2004 and went 13-5 during the regular season, leading the Dodgers to their first National League West Division Championship since 1995.

The Dominican-born right-hander further endeared himself to fans when he sang the National Anthem prior to a home game at Dodger Stadium in 2004 and performed with his band at the Dodgers’ annual Viva Los Dodgers celebration.

In the National League Division Series that year, Lima pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, giving the team its first postseason victory since 1988.

At major league stadiums today, the Dominican players sound especially stunned and saddened. Lima leaves a wife, Dorca Astacio. Funeral arrangements are pending. ESPN, ESPNdeportes, LAT

Place of death updated

Photo from Friday night's game: Jon SooHoo

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Obituaries stories on LA Observed:
Bill Skowron, ex-Dodger and Angel was 81
Lucy Delgado, Mothers of East LA founder was 87
Bob Dylan on the passing of Levon Helm
Jesse Linares, city editor was 49 *
Dick Clark, TV music pioneer was 82 *

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook