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Jose Lima, Former Major League Pitcher Who Won 21 Games In 1999, Dies At 37

The Los Angeles Dodgers say former pitcher Jose Lima has died at age 37.

The team says the 37-year-old Lima, a 13-game winner with the Dodgers in 2004, died Sunday. According to the Aguilas Cibaenas, Lima’s winter ball team in the Dominican Republic, he died of an apparent heart attack.

Referring to his often colourful outings as “Lima Time,” Lima posted his best season in 1999 when he was selected to the all-star game. He went 21-10 in 35 starts with a 3.58 ERA for the NL Central champion Astros.

In 13 major league seasons, Lima was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. He hadn’t pitched in the major leagues since a four-game stop with the New York Mets in 2006.

Lima went 46-42 with the Astros between 1997-2001, and he was a 20-game winner and an all-star with the Houston team. He also spent two stints with Detroit and Kansas City.