Astros in the Sky
Greatest 21 Days
Born: Sep 30, 1972
The excitable Dominican pitcher had been a below-average pitcher with Detroit and in his first year after a trade to the Astros when Lima's record was 9-22. Then he vowed he would win a starter's job for 1998 and responded with a 16-8 record and a 3.70 ERA.
The next year was even better. Lima became the fifth Astro pitcher to win 20 games, posting a 21-10 mark and made the All-Star team. It was "Lima Time" in Houston as the salsa-dancing righthander put forth a CD of music starring himself.
The move to what was then called Enron Field was as disastrous for Lima as it was for Enron. Lima gave up a record 48 homers in the new park and lost confidence in his pitching. Traded during the 2001 season, Lima finished his career with stops in Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles and the Mets. He was still pitching in independent leagues, trying one last chance to return to the majors through the end of the decade.
Lima passed away of a heart attack on May 23, 2010 at age 37 in Los Angeles. For his time in Houston, Lima was 46-42 with a 4.77 ERA. For his full career, Lima carried a 89-102 record with a 5.26 ERA in 13 seasons.