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Jim Edmonds injures himself on home run trot

Sep 21, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it:

Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right lower leg. According to the Associated Press, he hurt himself while “taking awkward steps just before he reached third base.”

Edmonds sat out all of 2009 before launching a comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9.

Edmonds has already said he would likely retire at the end of this season, and Brewers manager Ken Kacha actually talked him out of quitting in early August. Seeing as how he has already been on the disabled list this season and is now getting hurt on home run trots, retirement seems just about guaranteed.

Now let the Hall of Fame debate rage. What do you think?

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  1. f*ck la - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    nope, not a hall of famer, pretty good/consistant for a long time tho

  2. Mark - Sep 21, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    No question Edmonds is a HoF. Compared to his peers only Griffey Jr or Andruw Jones have an argument for being a better CF over the last 15-20 years. He looks bad in the counting stats , but an 11 year peak where a CF hits 293/388/554 (141 OPS+) with plus defense is a first ballot HoF as far as I’m concerned. It’d be criminal to leave a guy like Edmonds out of the HoF.

  3. Reflex - Sep 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Yes, absolutely.

  4. f*ck la - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    wow you are trippin, how does a 4 time all star who never lead the league in any offensive category a first ballot hofer?yea he was a good cf but that doesnt get you in alone. He wasnt even the best player on his own teams, put down the pipe bro.

  5. CYGNUS X-1 - Sep 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    the guy was a good player but not a hof one let alone a first ballot guy. he made some good plays but always seemed to be diving at balls even when he did not need to.just because he played for the cards does not automaticly make him a hof player. the reds had a pretty good centerfielder on the big red machine who was every bit as good if not better than edmonds. and if the chief ceasar cedano isn’t in then edmonds doesn’t get in either.besides catching everything the guy had a cannon for an arm.

  6. Jess_Ball - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    (I’ve been waiting to post this for months)
    I’ll put it in quotes “Jim Edmonds IS the Hall of Fame”
    *Sweet… I’m so happy the wait is over! Time to put it on a t-shirt.

  7. Cougar Hunter - Sep 22, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Very good? Yes. HoF? No. He’s certainly worthy of discussion, but he won’t get in.

  8. Paper Lions - Sep 22, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    At some point, people will stop considering all outfielders as a group. Comparing a CF to a LF is like comparing a SS to a 1B. The defensive value of a top notch CF should not be ignored. Edmonds is a top 10 CF in the history of baseball. Top 10, all-time at a prime position, that isn’t a HOFer? Really?

  9. Paper Lions - Sep 22, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    For perspective, Derek Jeter has rarely if ever been the best player on his own team; he may have been for a couple of years in the 90s, but not since then…and it isn’t close. If All-star ballots had a infield position and you could vote for 4 guys, Jeter would be lucky to have made 4 All-Star teams (as the ballot would have been dominated by 1B, just like AS voting in the OF is dominated by all-hit/no-field RF and LF).

  10. BC - Sep 22, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Probably not in HOF. He’s kind of in the group with Todd Helton, Andruw Jones, maybe Jeff Bagwell. First ballot Hall-Of-The-Very-Good-er though.

  11. Steve C - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/WAR_bat_career.shtml
    Look this list over. A little north of Edmonds and you see names like Jeter, Thome and Bench. A little south it is Ozzie Smith, Biggio, Banks, Eddie Murray. Dead even with Edmunds is Tony Gwynn. He is in mixed company of “1st ballot hall of famers”, and you people don’t think he belongs at all?

  12. BC - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I’d bet you a cruller that Biggio has some serious trouble making the HOF and may not make it at all.

  13. BC - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    And any list that has Bump Wills and Walt Weiss in their top 1000 (albeit tied for #976) should be immediately discredited.

  14. Steve C - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I think they get bonus points for their names.

  15. Paper Lions - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Biggio will have no trouble making the HOF, it will be surprising if he isn’t a 1st ballot guy, definitely will make it in his second year (if not the 1st).

  16. Steve-O - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Are you serious? How can anyone possibly make the case that Craig Biggio isn’t a hall of famer? Bagwell gets in without a problem as well.

  17. paul-e - Sep 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    “just because he played for the cards” ??
    He played in St. Louis AFTER a stellar career with the Angels.

  18. f*ck la - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    wow, you really think hes in the top ten eh, Rolling Paper?

  19. f*ck la - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    yea, but the fact that it is that way and no one has a problem with it should tell you something. Jeters the captian, way too popular til recently, and was clutch for years. he would still be an allstar, and you expect more power from center fielders than shortstops. And i hate jeter, yankees and the red sox.

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