Korean Lima Time Comes to an Abrupt End
Jose Lima became the first mercenary casualty of the young 2008 season as the 36-year-old hurler was released by the Kia Tigers Wednesday afternoon.
Lima’s arrival in Korea was met with great fanfare, but he struggled mightily in his last two starts. The final straw apparently came Tuesday evening against the LG Twins, a game in which he surrendered eight runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Kia is currently in last place having won just four of 15 games.
He leaves Korea not having won a single game, as the headline on the Korean Web portal Naver gleefully reads: “Not one win gathered…Lima is Kicked Out!”
Korean baseball teams are known for giving foreign players short leashes, but Lima’s still comes as a bit of a surprise. Expectations of the Tigers were high going into 2008, in large part because the team had four players with major league experience –Choi Hee-seop, Seo Jae-weong, Wilson Valdez and Lima.
Limatime final line in Korea: 0-1, 21 2/3 inn, 28 hits, 15 ER, 7K, 6BB, 6.23 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 2.91 K/9, OBA .322
I MET HIM A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I THOUGH THAT HE WOULD HAVE A GOOD RUN HERE IN KOREA. WELL, LOOKS LIKE I WAS WRONG ON THAT ONE. IT WAS NICE TO MEET HIM!!