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Toros recall 'Lima Time'; colorful pitcher dies at 37

2010-05-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T11:53:59Z Toros recall 'Lima Time'; colorful pitcher dies at 37Sarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Tucson Toros faced Jose Lima last summer and remember the former All-Star pitcher as a charismatic, electric presence on and off the field.

Lima, 37, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles.

A major-leaguer for 13 seasons, Lima pitched against the Toros five times last season as a member of the Long Beach Armada and Edmonton Capitals in the Golden Baseball League.

The Toros held a moment of silence Sunday before their 6-0 loss to Calgary at Hi Corbett Field. Lima was an All-Star with the Houston Astros in 1999, when he went 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA.

"He was a wonderful person," Toros manager Tim Johnson said. "I'm going to miss talking to him. He was a special guy for the game of baseball."

Known for his "Lima Time" motto, Lima danced, sang and celebrated good plays and outs on the field, becoming one of the game's more colorful characters.

He pitched his final major-league season in 2006 with the New York Mets, but the right-hander hoped to return to the big leagues. Last season with Long Beach, Lima was teammates with current Toros center fielder Josh Womack.

Womack said Lima was an energetic presence on the field and in the clubhouse, and he golfed with his younger teammates.

Lima appeared in a YouTube video in which Womack displays his spinning bat trick. From the mound, Lima jokingly chides Womack, telling him he'll be fined as he flips a bat in front of the dugout.

"He was a blast, 100 percent energy all the time, loved everybody he was around," Womack said.

Toros left fielder Lino Garcia first faced Lima during spring training when Garcia was an Arizona Diamondbacks minor-leaguer.

"He danced on the mound," Garcia said. "He had so much love for the game."

A Dominican Republic native, Lima went 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA in the majors.

"The biggest thing was he always had fun on the mound," Johnson said. "A guy would get a base hit off him, and he'd look at the guy and shake his head like, 'You got me.' Just a tremendous competitor. A lot of fans came to see him because of the way Lima Time was.

"I enjoyed watching him pitch being the opposing manager. It's just too young to go."

Inside pitch

• In a rematch of the 2009 GBL championship series, the Toros (3-2) finished with four hits Sunday night, losing 6-0 to Calgary. Jason Hanna (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings.

• The Toros fell to Edmonton 5-4 in 14 innings Saturday, their first loss of the season.

• The team added lefty Cody Walden, a Tucson native and Cochise College product, and put righty Anthony Moreno on the DL.

SATURDAY'S LATE GAME: CAPITALS 5, TOROS 4, 14 INNINGS

Edmonton ab r h bi Tucson ab r h bi

Battle rf 7 1 2 0 Womack cf 7 2 2 1

Cortes cf 7 1 2 0 Valdez 2b 6 0 0 0

Bigbie lf 2 1 1 0 Garcia lf 5 0 2 0

Brown lf/pr 3 0 2 1 Ferrante rf 7 0 1 0

Brumbaugh 3b 7 1 2 3 Bckmn Jr. 3b 5 0 1 0

Rogelstad ss 6 0 2 0 Santana 1b 4 1 0 0

Collaro 1b 5 1 1 0 Priddy ss 5 0 2 1

McNamee 2b 6 0 1 0 Valadez c 3 0 1 0

Farina c 5 0 1 1 Fruto p 1 0 0 0

Little p 2 0 0 0 Snowdon p 1 0 0 0

Grable ph 0 0 0 0 Bistagne ph 1 0 0 0

Tarnow ph 1 0 0 0 Garcia p 1 0 1 0

Chavez ph 1 0 0 0 Apodaca c 4 0 1 0

Totals 52 5 14 5 Totals 50 4 11 2

Edmonton 200 100 000 000 02 - 5

Tucson 000 020 010 000 01 - 4

E: Rogelstad 2 (4), Blackwell (1), Womack (1). LOB: Edmonton 11, Tucson 12. 2B: Cortes, Rogelstad, Valadez. 3B: Priddy. HR: Brumbaugh (1), Womack (1). SB: Battle (1). CS: Cortes.

Edmonton IP H R ER BB SO

Little 6 4 2 2 3 2

Kelly 1 0 0 0 0 0

Paul 1/3 1 1 1 1 1

Blackwell 2 2/3 2 0 0 0 2

Nageotte W, 1-0 3 3 0 0 2 4

Arballo S,1 1 1 1 1 0 0

Tucson

Garcia 6 6 3 3 3 4

Patterson 1 0 0 0 1 1

Fruto 2 0 0 0 1 4

Snowdon 3 2 0 0 1 3

Nordman L,1-1 1 4 2 2 0 0

WP: Blackwell. PB: Farina. Time: 4:22. Att: 2,664.

sunday: VIPERS 6, toros 0

Calgary ab r h bi Toros ab r h bi

Reyes ss 5 0 1 1 Womack cf 3 0 1 0

Mejia 2b 5 1 2 0 Valdez 2b 3 0 0 0

Edgecombe 1b 4 1 0 0 Garcia lf 3 0 0 0

Rothford ph/1b 1 0 0 0 Ferrante rf 3 0 1 0

Ramirez cf 3 1 2 2 Bckmn Jr. 3b 3 0 0 0

Miller lf 3 0 0 0 Santana 1b 3 0 2 0

Cosme 3b 4 1 2 0 Apodaca c 3 0 0 0

Kaplan rf 4 1 1 1 Priddy ss 2 0 0 0

Price c 3 1 1 1 Hanna p 1 0 0 0

Dessau 3 0 1 0 Konishi ph 1 0 0 0

Valadez ph 0 0 0 0

Totals 35 6 10 5 Totals 24 0 4 0

Calgary 011 200 200 - 6

Tucson 000 000 000 - 0

E: Valdez (1), Apodaca (1). DP: Calgary 2, Tucson 1. LOB: Calgary 6, Tucson 2. 3B: Cosme, Kaplan. HR: Ramirez (1). SB: Reyes (2), Mejia (2), Ramirez (1).

Calgary IP H R ER BB SO

Dessau W, 1-0 8 3 0 0 0 5

Buller 1 1 0 0 0 0

Tucson

Hanna L, 0-1 5 9 4 4 2 1

Daly 1 0 0 0 1 1

Walton 3 1 2 1 0 1

WP: Hanna. Time: 2:29. Att: 1,769.

TODAY

• What: Calgary at Toros

• When: 7 p.m.

• Radio: 1450-AM

Includes information from The Associated Press.

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