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Torn oblique muscle looks likely to end Jim Edmonds' career

Sep 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

Last week Jim Edmonds indicated that he plans to retire after the season and now it sounds like the 40-year-old outfielder may have already played his final game.
Edmonds is on the disabled list with an oblique injury that was originally listed as a strain, but he revealed yesterday that it’s actually a torn muscle:

I’m trying, but I have to let it heal. I don’t really know the timetable right now. The swelling has finally come down, it’s not as bad moving around. It’s coming along. I’ve never really had a muscle tear before. I tried throwing the other day, but I couldn’t. I’ll try again in the next couple of days and see how it goes.

Edmonds hit very well in a part-time role for the Brewers, batting .286/.350/.493 with eight homers and 21 doubles in 240 plate appearances, but played just nine games for the Reds after they acquired him for Chris Dickerson last month.
If he’s indeed finished Edmonds ends his career ranked sixth all time among center fielders with 391 homers, and also ranks eighth in slugging percentage, 10th in OPS, and 11th in RBIs and walks. Toss in eight Gold Glove awards and that seems like a pretty obvious Hall of Fame resume to me–Edmonds is seventh among all center fielders in Wins Above Replacement–but my guess is that he’ll garner little support when it comes time for the writers to actually vote.

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    to bad but the reds don’t miss him. they already had guys who can get 1 hit in 19 at bats.it was an even trade though,he took the guy they traded spot on the d.l.

  2. BC - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Maybe they can do a Charles Barkley for him. Last game of the year – assuming its meaningless – activate him and give him an at bat. Even if he just doesn’t take his bat off his shoulder. Let him get a standing O and call it a career.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 7, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Coming back and playing this year may have helped Jimmy’s chances a bit. The few extra HRs and doubles can’t hurt, but mostly, pushing his candidacy back a couple more years will give the voters a chance to better incorporate modern analysis into their thinking (or…you know…to die). Once people actually look at his career, his candidacy may gain some steam, or he could be the CF version of Trammel/Whitaker/Raines.

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