Jose Lima had a Charismatic Personality:
Jose Lima, one of the most charismatic personalities to ever take the mound, died suddenly at Huntington Memorial Hospital after paramedics found Jose Lima in full cardiac arrest at his home in Pasedena. The wife of Jose Lima, Dorca Astacio, said, “Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare,” according to espn.com.
Jose Lima, who referred to his pitching appearances as “Lima Time”, was a person that was incredibly energetic, upbeat, loved to sing, and was emotionally demonstrative on the field. In fact, some people around Jose Lima believed it was his ultra charismatic personality and positive attitude off the field that was more valuable than his performance on. Astros owner Drayton McLane expressed this sentiment when he said, “He could dance, he could sing, but his best gift of all was that he was an extremely happy person…he just lit up our clubhouse with his personality, which was his greatest asset. Jose was not shortchanged in life in any way. He lived life to the fullest every day,” according to sports.espn.
Jose Lima Highlights:
For two years, Jose Lima was one of the winningest pitchers in franchise history. From 1998 (16-8) to 1999 (21-10) Jose Lima combined to win 37 games and pitched a total of 479 innings. Jose Lima also was selected to his only All-Star game in 1999. Those two seasons would be as good as it would ever get for the 5 different teams (Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, and Mets) that Jose Lima played for over his 13 year span in the league.
Jose Lima Lowlights:
After the 1999 season, the career of Jose Lima began to dwindle to new lows. In 2000, out of 33 starts, Jose Lima surrendered 48 home runs, just two off Bert Blyleven’s record low of 50. In 2005 Jose Lima posted a 6.99 ERA, a MLB record high for any pitcher with 30+ starts. In 2004, Jose Lima also hit an off the field low when it came out publicly that Jose Lima tested positive for genital herpes after a woman accused him of giving her an STD and won $975,000 by a civil jury after she sued Jose Lima.
…Jose Lima later played for a professional team in South Korea, the Kia Tigers… Jose Lima leaves behind his wife, Dorca Astacio, and 5 children.