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We weren’t expecting that: Jim Edmonds signs with the Cardinals

Feb 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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When we heard that Jim Edmonds would soon be announcing his plans, we assumed that his plans included a retirement announcement.  Nope: dude just signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals.

Edmonds can still hit.  In 272 plate appearances last year he put up a nice little .276/.342/.504 line with 11 homers.  The problem, of course, is health.  He had all kinds of issues in that department, most notably with his Achilles tendon.

If he’s healthy, he’s one of the better backup outfielders in all of baseball and, heck, may be a better option in right than Lance Berkman (and may give Tony La Russa an excuse to bench Colby Rasmus some more!)  If not, no big loss seeing as though it’s just a minor league deal.

  1. Lukehart80 - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    He’s just buying himself another year of Hall of Fame voters getting smarter about how they vote. If he were on the ballot right now, he’d be lucky to get 20%. But his career will be more and more appreciated with time.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      Counting stats, baby. Counting stats.

  2. D'Bickataw Purgaton - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    There’s no way Edmonds is remotely close to getting in the Hall — not even if he plays two or three more years, which he probably can’t.

    • Lukehart80 - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      He’s 6th in bWAR for center-fielders, going back to 1901 (modern era) behind Cobb, Mays, Speaker, Mantle, DiMaggio, and Griffey. He was a great fielding CF who has hit almost 400 home runs. I agree that he is not remotely close to getting elected, but not deserving?

      No one thinks of him as having been as good as he was, which is why every year that the vote on him is delayed works in his favor.

      • paperlions - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Exactly. The guy is clearly a top 10 all-time CF, a much more demanding and important defensive position than RF or LF….but people somehow think he has no HOF case. Saying so is like saying that you think only 5 CF over the last 100 yrs deserved to be in the HOF, a statement with which few would agree.

      • Lukehart80 - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        By the way, in my infinite grasp of math, I managed to write that Edmonds is ranked 6th by bWAR, and then list the SIX players ahead of him. Um, that makes him 7th. Doesn’t change the point at all, but I’d rather point out my own mistake than wait for someone else to.

    • scatterbrian - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Sound reasoning. I’m convinced.

  3. Panda Claus - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    An old man unexpectedly comes back for one more season. Could this convince Andy P. to play one more year? Somebody had to say it.

  4. spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Music to my ears.

  5. spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    While we are HOF fantasizing; does he go in as an Angel or Cardinal?

    • blacubed - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      I for one was hoping to see him sign with the Castro’s to complete his tour of the NL Central.

    • blacubed - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Why not a Red, Cub, or Brewer?

    • pauleee - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      I’d like to see him go in as an Angel, but a quick check of the stats shows, offensively anyway, he was much better as a Card. And when anyone’s talking about him, it’s as if they had no idea he ever even played on the west Coast.

  6. blacubed - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I for one was hoping to see him sign with the Astros to complete his tour of the NL Central.

    • spudchukar - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      It is all part of our plan. He is our NL central spy. We send him to all the other teams, to pick up all the inside info. We did not need him to go to the Astros, because we picked up Berkman for that. He is already known as one of the best sign-stealers in the Bigs, with this added access to our competitor’s inner sanctum, we now know all.

  7. Dianne - Feb 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    So excited! He’ll be used for sure. He’s my all-time favorite player. Gives his all every time he steps on the field.

  8. lampdwellr - Feb 4, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Edmonds might do a little better in HOF voting than y’all think. His defense was great and also extraordinarily well-covered by the media for a defensive player in the 90s/00s.

  9. metalhead65 - Feb 4, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    he has to come back to top the home run trotting injury he ended the season with the reds with. it will be tough but if anyone can top that he would be the guy. anyone want to bet on how soon he gets hurt? the guy was a good player but way overrated simply because he dove after ball wether he needed to or not. see he must be a hall of famer look how many times he was on sportscenter.

  10. cintiphil - Feb 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Does anyone think he will really help the Cardinals? I think some in the organization hope he can, however he is in it just for the extra walking around cash. I don’t think he can hit MLB pitching any longer. He did nothing for the Reds last year coming in late off the bench mostly, and started a few games. Lets see what happens. I think nothing.

    • spudchukar - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      If he does the same nothing for the Cards as he did for the Reds last year, I will be more than pleased. Check above for the impressive 2010 stats.

    • timstl - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      He may not be able to hit MLB pitching this year, but his stats from last year are right there in the article.

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