Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lima Time!

If my hopes are realized, 36-year-old Jose Lima will take to the mound for the Long Beach Armada in the home opener for the Victoria Seals on Friday night. Lima, a former 21-game winner with the Astros in 1999, will bring his flamboyant style to Royal Athletic Park at some point this weekend. You can be sure that it will be entertaining.

Lima had a spectacular fall from stardom over the last few seasons. His ERA in his last full season in the majors was a dismal 6.99 for the Kansas City Royals in 2005. This was the highest single-season ERA in baseball history (minimum 30 starts). His ERA when he was released by the Mets in 2006 was a whopping 9.87.

Aside from his catchphrase "It's Lima time!", Jose is perhaps best known for giving up a lot of home runs. In 2000 with the Astros, Lima gave up a league-leading 48 dingers (only two short of the all-time single-season record). You can be sure that the balls will be flying out of Royal Athletic Park when "Lima Time" returns.