Jim Edmonds

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James Patrick Edmonds
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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Edmonds set the St. Louis Cardinals team record for home runs by an outfielder in 2000 with 42 and hit .336 with runners in scoring position in 2001.

In December of 2007, Edmonds was traded to the San Diego Padres for about one million dollars and infield prospect David Freese. After hitting just .178 in 26 games with the Padres, he was released in May 2008 and signed with the Chicago Cubs shortly thereafter. After sitting out the 2009 season, Jim signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2010, and made a comeback, earning a spot on the team in spring training. He hit well enough to play regularly and raise the interest of the playoff-bound Cincinnati Reds, who acquired him in return for young OF Chris Dickerson on August 9. Between the two teams, he hit .276 with 23 doubles and 11 homers in 86 games. However, his season ended suddenly on September 21 in a game against the Brewers: starting at 1B, he hit a homer off David Bush in the 2nd inning, but injured his right achilles tendon while circling the bases and had to leave the game. As a result, he missed the postseason as well. It turned out to be his last major league at-bat: he signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals before the opening of spring training in 2011, but announced his retirement on February 18 when he realized his Achilles tendon had not healed properly.

After his playing career he became a broadcaster working on St. Louis Cardinals television broadcasts. In early April 2020, he confirmed that he was one of thousands of Americans to have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, although in his case the symptoms were relatively mild.

In his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame in 2016, he received 11 votes, or 2.5% of the total and was dropped form the ballot.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 4-time All-Star (1995, 2000, 2003 & 2005)
  • 8-time Gold Glove Winner (1997/AL, 1998/AL & 2000-2005/NL)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2004)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 11 (1995-1998, 2000-2005 & 2008)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2004)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2000 & 2004)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1995, 2000, 2001 & 2004)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1995, 1998, 2000 & 2004)
  • Won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mike Bertha: "The Hall of Fame Case: Jim Edmonds", "Cut 4", mlb.com, December 24, 2015. [1]

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