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Edmonds retiring

Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 12:57 pm
Jim Edmonds Jim Edmonds has retired, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Rick Hummel writes .

Edmonds, who played for the Brewers and Reds last season, had signed a one-year, non-roster contract with the Cardinals, but his injured right foot was not up to snuff, so he told Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak that he was instead retiring.

Edmonds missed the 2009 season, but didn't retire. This time, it appears to be over.

The Reds traded for Edmonds for the stretch run last season, but he played just 13 games for Cincinnati. His last game was Sept. 21 and he homered in the second inning of the game, but hobbled around the bases after aggravating an Achilles injury.

Edmonds finishes his 17-year career hitting .284/.376/.527 with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBI and 1,949 hits. He was also one of the premier defensive center fielders, winning eight Gold Gloves in nine years from 1997 to 2005. He also made four All-Star appearances. He also played for the Angels, Padres, Cubs and Brewers.

Of course, if nothing else, he'll be remembered for his great catches. The 1997 grab at Kauffmann Stadium in what may be the greatest catch of all time, robbing David Howard.

UPDATE: Edmonds released a statement through the team (via ):
"After speaking with Dr. [George] Paletta [the Cardinals' team physician] and a number of doctors about the potential risk of future permanent damage, I have decided to retire. Although I feel that I can still play and contribute, the risk of permanent injury is too much for me to chance. As much as I regret this announcement, I feel that it is for the best."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:36 am

Edmonds retiring

Since he also played in the "Steroid Era" that pretty much eliminates any chance he has.
What does playing in the steroid era have to do with being one of the best defensive CFs of all time?

Not a good point.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:02 pm

Edmonds retiring

  I agree Windowsmear - he always had to dive and flop. He never looked smooth out there like the better centerfielders.

  The best CFs make it look easy. And it isn't valid to say that he dove and flopped because his range was greater - it wasn't.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:20 pm

Edmonds retiring

One of my all-time favorites has decided to call it a career.  When I saw that Edmonds had signed a minor-league contract, I was hopeful that he could give us one more year in a Cardinal uniform.  Alas, it was not to be.  All of the clutch hits, highlight reel catches and big time will be missed.  Thanks for all the memories.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:34 pm

Edmonds retiring

About time about hanging on to long !

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Edmonds retiring

Edmonds has NO chance to make the HOF. He doesn't even have 2000 hits in his career. Since he also played in the "Steroid Era" that pretty much eliminates any chance he has. I would be shocked if he got 10 votes the first year he is eligible.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:37 pm

Edmonds retiring

Jim Edmonds was a highlight reel all to himself.  ESPN must have volumes.  Over the head (yes, take a backseat Willie Mays), against the wall, and in the deepest part of any ballpark.  One of baseball's greats. 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:10 pm

Edmonds retiring

ABOUT TIME! Dude shoudla retired a long time ago instead of scum baggin around the league like a chump.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:29 pm

Edmonds retiring

A real class act. He was great to watch and root against because he was that good, but did not play FOR the Mets...always against them.  He wreaked havoc in games time after time. He was a great outfielder, what little he didn't do at the plate he more than made up for in the plays he made in the outfield.  Don't know if he has Cooperstown numbers, but he's one of those fringe players who I think will always be on the edge of getting enough votes. Enjoy your retirement, although I do not believe he'll be able to stay away from the game completely...he'll be back in some capacity for a club.....hitting or fielding coach?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:05 pm

Edmonds retiring

One of the best, if not THE best defensive OF I have ever seen (and I've been watching for a LOOOONG TIME)!  Godspeed Jimmy (as he was affectionately known in St. L).  Too bad it didn't work out for ya.  You're a compliment to the game and we're gonna miss ya!

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:03 pm

Edmonds retiring

Loved watching him play for the Angels and was one of my favorites I was 11 when he made that catch in KC and still remember it. Have a great life after baseball Jimmy a lot of Angels fans will miss you.

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