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05/23/2010 2:40 PM ET
Former Astros pitcher Jose Lima passes away Sunday morning
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The Astros wish to send condolences to family and friends of former right-handed pitcher Jose Lima, who passed away Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 37.

The following is a statement from Astros Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane:

"It saddened me greatly to hear of Jose's passing. He had an outstanding career with the Astros and won 21 games in 1999 on one of our greatest teams ever. He was truly a gifted person both on the field and off of it. 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."

Lima spent five of his 13 Major League seasons with the Astros (1997-2001), during which he was 46-42. His best season came in 1999, when he was 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA, helping the Astros to their third straight Central Division title. Lima, who was an All-Star in 1999 and one of seven 20-game winners in franchise history, also pitched for the Tigers, Royals, Dodgers and Mets. He was 89-102 overall in his Major League career (1994-2006).

"Jose was certainly one of the most entertaining personalities to ever don an Astros uniform," said Astros President of Baseball Op¬erations Tal Smith. "And, for two years, he was one of the most successful pitchers in franchise history, winning 37 games and pitch¬ing a total of 479 innings in those two seasons. He pitched and lived life with great flair and enthusiasm. 'Lima Time' will always be remembered by those for whom he performed."

"Everyone will remember Jose for his antics on the mound," said former Astro Craig Biggio, who was a teammate of Lima. "But he was a tremendous teammate and a great competitor. It's a big loss for the Astros baseball family."

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