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Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Posted on: January 29, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 9:59 am
Jim Edmonds
Not that it's a huge surprise, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Jim Edmonds is likely headed for retirement.

After sitting out 2009, Edmonds had a solid 2010 split between the Brewers and Reds, ending up with a .276/.342/.504 line. The 40-year-old could at least have gotten a minor-league deal with a camp invitation, but it sounds like he's leaning toward hanging 'em up.

"Jay [Bruce] talked him the other day,” Jocketty said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s probably going to retire."

When the long-time Cardinal and Angel does retire, Edmonds is going to have a Hall of Fame case that might surprise some. He's an eight-time Gold Glove winner in center field and has a career batting line of .284/.376/.527 with a 128 OPS+ and 393 homers. He is in the top 100 in career offensive and defensive WAR, is 62nd in OPS and 52nd in slugging percentage.

Since he was an All-Star just four times in 17 seasons and never won an MVP or a batting title, Edmonds probably won't get into the Hall. But looking at his numbers, he's had a heck of a career.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 4:28 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'


I remember that catch he had (right in front of me) when he robbed Jason La Rue of a homer back in 04 (I think). Greatest catch I've ever seen, besides maybe one or two of Griffey's early career catches. Class act, glad he came to Cincy for a year to teach these youngsters in the outfield how it's done.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:20 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Easy on the Jim Edmonds HOF campaign.  As a defensive CF absolutely...but don`t think he had enough great years. His all time top 10 catches are awesome.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:40 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Jim Edmonds is a class act. He always seemed to give one hundred percent.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:12 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Wish Red's fans would have had a chance to see him in his prime. Oh, we did, just not for Cincinnati. Good luck Jim.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:11 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

My wife has a T-shirt that reads:

"3/4 of the earth is covered by water,

The other 1/4 is covered by Jim Edmonds."

Man was he fun to watch. Thanks JimEd.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 4:58 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

He probably won't get in for a few years but he'll get in eventually.  Look at Bert this year.  Edmonds deserves Hall consideration, his numbers may not be the most outstanding, and he misses the MVP and the titles but I think that if they look at the whole picture, the overall player, a combination of everything offered, he'll eventually get in somewhere around his fifth year.  If he doesn't then the Hall is missing what it supposedly represents.  Thank you Jim for the great games, the great catches, and the respect you showed the game.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 4:51 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Jim Edmonds was a great player but most likely not a Hall of Famer. However when your team had to face the guy you always had that dry throat and knot in your gut... becasue you knew there was a better than avarega chance he was going to do something to beat you. Best of luck in retirement!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 4:07 pm

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Jim Edmonds is one of my all-time favorite players and it is sad he is going to retire.  He was a great outfielder and a good hitter.  I often think of him playing for the Angels.  Jim, I hope you get into baseball in another area because you will be missed.

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