I thought when the Cardinals signed Jim Edmonds a couple of weeks ago that Jim Edmonds would either be a valuable pinch hitter -- or that he wouldn't make the club and he would retire as a Cardinal.
Unfortunately, it was the latter.
The Cardinals will announce momentarily that the former All-Star and 2006 World Series winner with St. Louis has decided to retire.
Edmonds recently had foot surgery and it has apparently not healed as quickly as he had hoped.
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I would have liked to see Edmonds make the club so that he could make a last major league go-round in a Cardinals uniform. But it was not to be.
Jimmy Ballgame will retire with a .284 career batting average and 393 career home runs. It's a shame that he was slowed by injuries the last four years. I wrote when Edmonds was traded to the Padres prior to the 2008 season that he was about two decent years shy of a legitimate shot at the hall of fame.
His stats are comparable to Hall of Famer Duke Snider. But Edmonds would have benefited from pushing his home run total closer to the 450 mark and from a batting average closer to .290. He was a .288 hitter through the 2006 season, but faded the last few seasons...
Snider hit .295 with 407 homers. He was a great centerfielder, but Edmonds is one of the top outfield defenders of all-time.