Jim Edmonds Likely To Retire

Jim Edmonds is probably going to retire, according to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, blogs John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Edmonds has been contemplating whether he'd return in 2011 after playing well (.276/.342/.504) in 86 games with the Brewers and Reds in 2010. Unsatisfied with contract offers after the 2008 season, he sat out all of 2009.

Despite Edmond's surprisingly solid effort in 2010, it's unlikely that his retirement will have much of a ripple effect on any rosters. He might only have gotten a minor-league deal this offseason, anyway, as he did last offseason from the Brewers.

If this is the end for Edmonds, it will have been a heck of a career. In 17 seasons, he's hit .284/.376/.527, claimed eight Gold Gloves and won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.


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115 Comments on "Jim Edmonds Likely To Retire"


4 years 6 months ago

Best Cf Ever!!!!! Greatest there ever was, Greatest there ever will be!

Sean Murphy
4 years 6 months ago

Are you on crack or just retarded? I think you’re forgetting someone, you may not have heard of him before….his name is Willie Mays…..

4 years 6 months ago

plus jim edmonds is rumored to have been on steroids. too bad the report will never be released…

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

i never heard of this… his name wasn’t on the mitchell report or canseco’s book or anything. Where did you get that rumor from.

4 years 6 months ago

its just common sense. any player who hit 40 or more hrs in a season in his playing time should be a subject of suspicion

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

Yep, Babe Ruth was a juicer.

That’s one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever seen on MLBTR.

4 years 6 months ago

you absolute dumbasses i said “IN HIS PLAYING TIME” thats mid 1990’s to mid 2000’s

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

So, let me get this right. Players hit 40+ homers in the pre steroid era without suspicion but now “ANY player” who hit 40+ while Jim Edmonds was playing is tainted.

I’ll stick with my original opinion.

4 years 6 months ago

I agree with flick. The most retarded thing I may have ever heard.

4 years 6 months ago

So lemme get this straight, any player that hit 40 or more home runs during the 90’s did steroids? That explains why Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were such great players! Thanks for the info! /sarcasm

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

that was stupid.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Its kinda sad tho, if he did or didnt he will most likely never get a fair shake. I also think TLR is the biggest liar in the game, so god only knows what Edmonds did when he came from Anaheim.

4 years 6 months ago

Any player period, you do not have to be big and strong to be on steroids. An athletic defender using to keep trim, a soft tossing innings eater using it to endure the grind, or any player out there using it to stay healthy over their career. EVERYONE is suspect.

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

U r rite

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 6 months ago

For real? Anyone who makes a comment that stupid makes me suspicious.

mattevilspawn
4 years 6 months ago

That’s not common sense. That’s irrational distrust. And blanket accusations are rookie league. Corroborate your argument with legit sources/info, please.

lefty177
4 years 6 months ago

since when has Pujols been on the juice??

RidiculousPage
4 years 6 months ago

You can’t just make that statement because you’ve been so jaded by media and Bonds (not entirely him, but I view him as a symbol of the era). Power jumps like his happen all the time. I seriously doubt Bautista used steroids this season; the guy has a major uppercut in his swing that didn’t appear until the last couple of seasons, and he plays in an incredibly hitter friendly park in Toronto. Some guys just figure it out for a season or seem to catch fire. If Andres Torres has a down year, I won’t point the finger and say he was on ‘roids, I’ll just say that the pitchers figured him out. Baseball’s all about adjustments and some guys just can’t make em.

$1639238
4 years 6 months ago

Rumored by whom? The number 1 search result in google for Jim Edmonds and steroids is an article on Bleacher Report which cites evidence such as: he played on the same team as Mark McGwire and pretty much nothing else. It’s bleacher report for christsakes. This is the equivalent of me saying Obama had an affair with Sasquatch ’cause a completely horrible and utterly useless website says it might have happened.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

ummmmm..

no

qudjy1
4 years 6 months ago

Edmonds would probably still be better than whatever AZ is going to throw in LF next year.

Elaine
4 years 6 months ago

My favorite Cardinal/baseball player of all-time. I hope he’ll be seen hanging out around Busch Stadium a lot this year like he was in 2009! Baseball just isn’t the same to me without Jimmy Ballgame!

BG921
4 years 6 months ago

Jim Edmonds wasn’t even the top CF of his era. Andruw Jones was the best defensively and Ken Griffey Jr was the top offensive CF. This should not be considered a put down, just to be mentioned in the same sentence as Andruw and Griffey would be enough for me.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

griffey’s era was the 1990s. He wasn’t that good in the 2000s, especially the earlier parts where edmonds was raking it up. They played in different era’s…Jim was the best offensively in his.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

I dont know if you can call a 5 year period an “era”

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

thats true, but those 5 years were some of the peak offensive/defensive output in Center Field in a very very long time. I’m not trying to make a case that he is a HOF player or anything(because he isn’t) but Griffey and Edmonds were in different times of the game IMO.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

Actually I think that he is a HOFer. If Jim Rice got in then Edmonds should be a no-brainer. It may not work out like that, though.

4 years 6 months ago

Wasn’t better than Andruw Jones. Not even close.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

did i say he was? And perhaps you need to look at the numbers again, i would defnitely say it was close.

4 years 6 months ago

Yes, you did: “Jim was the best offensively in his.” Ergo, you are saying Edmonds was better offensively than Jones in his ‘era.’ We could debate the semantics of ‘close’ but since you are confused about what you said I will just go ahead and assume you don’t actually think Edmonds was better than Jones.

bas_in_denmark
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t know how you can make the argument that Andruw was better offensively than Edmonds. During his peak (1995-2005) Edmonds hit: .293/.388/.554 for a .942 OPS and a 141 OPS+. During his peak (1997-2006) Andruw hit .268/.346/.506 for a .852 OPS and a 117 OPS+. Edmonds did every thing offensively better than Andruw. He hit for a higher average, he drew more walks, and he hit for more power. Now defense is another story and defense is the reason why you can argue that Andruw is the better all around player. However it is pretty clear who is the superior hitter. It’s Edmonds.

4 years 6 months ago

Well said.

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

Jim is still better

$1639238
4 years 6 months ago

I think any reasonable person would suggest a guy who a career OPS 80 points higher than another player in the same era was “better” than the other player. Edmonds tops Jones by about 9 WAR for his career and Andruw Jones has racked up more career plate appearances. Look, Andruw Jones was almost certainly a better fielder. Was he soooo much better at fielding than Edmonds to close an enormous gap in hitting ability?

4 years 6 months ago

Look Junior, you don’t take Barry Bond statistics seriously, do you? Why Edmonds then? Now do you see why Andruw was better?

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

No

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

Jones’s D >>>>>> Edmond’s D
Edmonds’ bat >>>>>>>> Jone’s bat

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

if it wasn’t for a fluke of 8 yrs of injury filled seasons.. Griffey Jr. would have passed Hank Aaron by now.. and it would have been legit unlike others.

$1639238
4 years 6 months ago

Uhh….Jones was better defensively, but not even close offensively. He posted a career OPS about 90 points higher and an OBP about 50 points higher. I don’t think Andruw Jones was better at all. And if we accept that Edmonds was better than Jones, we could easily say Edmonds was the best center fielder in baseball from 2000-2004, a not insignificant span.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

He would be a great fit for the Dodgers

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

Yes, because they need ANOTHER outfielder. They have Thames, Gibbons, Eithier, Kemp and Paul… hm let’s add ONE more.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

“They have Thames, Gibbons, Eithier, Kemp and Paul”

Thanks for proving my point. Edmonds would be a massive upgrade over Gibbons.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

They could have had Edmonds all offseason. He may be an upgrade but that’s a stretch. He’s very injury prone at this point in his career.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

All I’m saying is they shouldn’t be comfortable at all with Gibbons as the LH part of that platoon.

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

I guess when the other options are named Gwynn, Gibbons, and Thames, you may sadly have a point.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

hehe.

thevoiceofbv
4 years 6 months ago

Did Brett Farve report this ?

JohnOrpheus
4 years 6 months ago

What I don’t understand is that there are “multiple teams interested in aaron miles”, but no one seems to be interested in Jimmy after the more than solid half season he put up last year. Especially considering the crap many teams are going to be trotting out in center this coming season (like that offensive black hole that is currently the Brewer’s starting center fielder).

4 years 6 months ago

Plus, he’s younger than Thome and has a similar skill set with the bat. Left-handed, aging power hitter. I can’t believe Edmonds didn’t throw his name into the DH hat early in the offseason. With the right contract demands he could have hooked on somewhere, no doubt.

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

Ur rite

Goldberg365
4 years 6 months ago

link to youtube.com
Who remembers that crazy catch in center? One of the best plays I’ve ever seen. Definitely the best Centerfielder I’ve ever seen, with young Andruw Jones being a close second.

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

Absolutely one of the best.. Reed Johnson while on the Cubs made a dead sprint diving catch as well, Reeds was the greatest in Cubs recent diving plays and Edmonds made the greatest Anaheim/California Angels dive in history

$1639238
4 years 6 months ago

1. I love Jim Edmonds
2. Edmonds was a *much* better hitter than Andruw Jones
3. Jim Edmonds was an excellent defensive center fielder

But no, Edmonds was not better than Jones defensively, nor was it particular close. He made some amazing looking catches than Andruw Jones wouldn’t have to dive for. Not a knock against Jimmy, a career 9 WAR defensive outfielder. Jim Edmodns was a gold glove center fielder. Andruw Jones was kind Ozzie Smith caliber center fielder.

Cubbie
4 years 6 months ago

Iremeber the catch

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

Tris Speaker >>>>>>>>>Jones, Griffey

4 years 6 months ago

Edmonds is a guy I never liked. Too much of a showboat. However, as his career wound down I did find myself starting to appreciate his career. He really was a pretty good player. I’ve heard his name mentioned as a potential HOF’er, I think by Rob Neyer and perhaps others. I’m not sure how I would vote on him but I think he’s certainly got a chance given the position he played.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

You’re a Cubs fan. You have every reason not to like him. He had some great years in St. Louis.

4 years 6 months ago

Yeah but i felt that way about him as far back as when he was with the Angels. Sure, I *REALLY* didn’t like the guy when he was with the Cardinals, but that was mostly because I already didn’t care for him. I actually like Pujols as a player, it’s hard not to appreciate his brilliance, but Edmonds has always been annoying. He’s like the on field version of an off field Curt Schilling. Whatever they’re doing, you just wish they would stop.

corey23
4 years 6 months ago

Id say more than anything I just respect the guy for his balls to the wall 100% of the time playing as hard as he can. A lot of players today don’t give it 100% but Jim Edmonds went after everything as hard as he could in the outfield.

4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, that’s my big problem with Edmonds. Showboat, show off, whatever you want to call him. He made it look great when he should have been making it look easy. The end of that video says it all, he didn’t jump up and start his trot back to the dugout. He sits there, letting everyone have enough time to soak in his greatness. Junior would have gotten up and headed for the dugout. So would Andruw, Willie and about 95% of most major leaguers. I guess when you do things for attention you have to ham it up when you’re getting it.

4 years 6 months ago

This comment has made me laugh multiple times.

gigantes2425
4 years 6 months ago

Reading this made me laugh after laughing at the other comment

stl_cards16
4 years 6 months ago

Perhaps a Soriano “hop” would make you appreciate him more?

bas_in_denmark
4 years 6 months ago

I think Jim Edmonds is absolutely a Hall of Famer. He is a top 10 centerfielder of all time. It’s true that Andruw Jones was better defensively but it is not really fair to compare anyone to Andruw as he has a good case for best defensive centerfielder of all time.

Edmonds, however, was much better than Andruw with the bat. Edmonds hit .284/.376/.527 good for a 132 OPS+ while Andruw has hit .256/.338/.488 good for a 111 OPS+. Most people don’t really know how good Edmonds was with the bat because of his Gold Glove defense but the fact is that I think any player that puts up a .900 OPS while playing Gold Glove defense at a premium position deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Just for the record I think both of them belong in the Hall of Fame.

vonhayesdays
4 years 6 months ago

Agreed on the hofer but they should both wait longer than goose did

4 years 6 months ago

Anyone who thinks Edmonds is even close to Andruw is insane. I feel like it is a classic case of people wanting the “less talented” guy to “try hard” and become great. Jones would catch basically everything Edmonds would easily, instead of by diving. However, Edmonds was a very good player, but not in the same LEAGUE as Jones

bas_in_denmark
4 years 6 months ago

Now surely you want more form any player than defense? Even a centerfielder. The fact is that Edmonds was a better hitter than Andruw. While Andruw was better with the glove than Edmonds. To me the difference in hitting means that they are in the same league. If you mean that they were not in the same league defensively I agree with you though.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

its like comparing Tulowitzki and Ramirez.
I’m sure most people would argue that Tulowitzki is the better shortstop. But offensively, Hanley is still better than Tulowitzki

bas_in_denmark
4 years 6 months ago

Tulo and Hanley are much closer offensively than Edmonds and Jones ever were and Edmonds was a Gold Glove player while Hanley is most definitely not.

Batboy1
4 years 6 months ago

I like how people argue Edmonds diving when everyone knew jones would slow down just so he could dive.

alxn
4 years 6 months ago

That couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, the knock on Jones was that he didn’t dive enough (and he didn’t need to be because his instincts and range were so amazing that he was able to turn most fly balls into routine plays). In fact it is remarkable that he won so many Gold Gloves given his low volume of spectacular diving catches. And that isn’t me criticizing Jones, but the evaluation process the media tends to use for selecting GG winers (see Nate McLouth).

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

“Jim Edmods Likely To Retire”. We’ve sort of known that for the past 5 months or so

jmag043
4 years 6 months ago

Andruw Jones’ defense over his career has just been incredible. Edmonds defense was good, not great, with some flashy grabs. However, Edmonds consistently put up OBPs over 400 while playing good defense at a premium position. I think he gets into the hall but he’ll have to wait.

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

he should sign a contract with the Pirates get traded in July to the Astros…. point being he would have played for all 6 NL Central teams. it would be a shame if he did that, all hendry had to do was give him a minor league contract after 2008 but no he was an idiot and said he didn’t need him, I’m sorry but 65+rbi and 19 hrs is a huge need and bonus for the Cubs anytime.. the Cubs will not exceed more then one player over 25 this year.. pending if Colvin rightfully gets his starting job in LF

$1639238
4 years 6 months ago

There was a great article on BeyondtheBoxscore titled “Jim Edmonds: No Doubt Hall of Famer”. Sounds absurd until you realize he was probably better than Duke Snider and one of the ten greatest center fielders of all time. How many plus defensive center fielders can you name with a career OPS over .900?

kahnives
4 years 6 months ago

I would love to see Edmonds play one more year, hit some of those milestones. He is 1 RBI short of 1200, 2 BBs short of 1000, 51 Hs short of 2000, and 7 HRs short of 400.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

I find it curious that the Rays signed Johnny Damon for what they did instead of trying to sign Jim Edmonds who, it would appear, is a much better offensive threat and still can play the outfield.