Jose Lima, 9/30/1972 – 5/23/2010

Jose Lima was animated. He was loud, unmissable, a presence on the mound and off of it. He was completely bonkers and didn’t particularly care who knew it.

Jose Lima was never as good with the Tigers as he was in the National League. But he was always good for a dance, often on the mound, and if there was ever a need for a pitcher to sing, Lima was there. He spoke his mind, for good or ill. He declared his pitching outings to be Lima Time, to the delight of fans following his team and the irritation of fans following his opponents. He drove his catchers bonkers, but then they could hardly keep from laughing too (as Brandon Inge can attest).

Jose Lima played almost 5 seasons with the Tigers. He was sometimes exasperating, almost always entertaining. He was 37 years old.

8 responses to “Jose Lima, 9/30/1972 – 5/23/2010

  1. So sad… the man was still young and full of life. He and his antics will be missed.

  2. ivantopumpyouup


    I’m really sad about this. Obviously. He was one of my favorites on a few awful Tigers teams, and I can’t believe he’s gone.

  3. Losing 2 of 3 is sucky enough, but with the sad untimely demise of our old friend Lima Time on top of having Jackson & Porcello used for target dummies , it was kind of a brutal weekend wasn’t it?

  4. What a fabulous person Lima was! My dad and I are still talking about the amazing suit he was wearing when we met him in a hotel in Anaheim. He was such great fun, such a sweet, bubbly guy. Definitely an all-time favorite–he will be sorely missed.

  5. That was a shock. You don’t expect someone that young (and full of life!) to go that quickly and unexpectedly.

    Do you suppose they’re having Lima Time up in Heaven right now?

  6. I’m still so glad you allowed your excellent drawing to accompany SABR’s bio of Lima, Samara.

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