SHARKS ANNOUNCE THE BEGINNING OF LIMA TIME
Former major league all-star joins team for second half
POSTED: 7/11/2008 by Nick Steyn
CAMDEN, NJ – The Liberty Division First Half Champion Camden Riversharks announced the signing of right handed pitcher Jose Lima Friday. Lima, 35, has 13 years of major league service time dating back to his debut in 1994.
After spending his first seven years in the Detroit Tigers system, Lima split time among the Houston Astros, Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
His highlight year came in 1999 with the Astros when he went 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA and was named an all-star.
“Jose is familiar with a number of people in our clubhouse that made Camden an attractive place to pitch,” Riversharks director of baseball operations, David Keller, said.
Lima is no stranger to the Atlantic League either. After being released from the Tigers in 2002, he used a stint with the Newark Bears in 2003 to bounce back to the majors with the Royals. In eight starts with the Bears, Lima was 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 54 innings.
“Jose’s extensive experience will be welcome in the clubhouse. We look forward to him winning games and having fun at Campbell’s Field,” general manager, Adam Lorber, said.
After pitching for the Mets in 2006, Lima pitched for Saraperos de Saltillo in the Mexican League, a Triple-A level international league, last season. In 22 starts, Lima was 13-4 with a 3.60 ERA.
He spent the earlier parts of this season in the Korean Baseball League with the Kia Tigers before inking with the Sharks.
He makes his Riversharks debut this Sunday against the Somerset Patriots at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.riversharks.com or by calling 1-866-SHARKS-9.
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