Cards All-Time Top 40 – Jim Edmonds #14

Our Top 40 countdown of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals of all time continues with their star centerfielder, Jim Edmonds.

James Patrick Edmonds

The Basics

Position

Bat

Thw

Total Yrs

Yrs in StL

HR

RBI

SB

Avg

Outfield

Left

Left

1993-Present

2000-Present

229

660

37

.288

The Awards

Hall of Fame

Retired #

World Champ

All-Star

MVP

Cy Young

Gold Glove

 NA

 NA

1

3

NA

6

Note: All stats and awards listed are for years as a Cardinal only.
Edmonds' career stats available from baseball-reference.com.

Voter Comments

Rob Rains (19): The hardest part in evaluating current players in putting together an all-time list is you have to limit yourself to what that player has actually accomplished to date, not project what he will do in the future.

On that basis, Jim Edmonds earns this spot based on his 229 Cardinal homers, fourth on the all-time list, his six consecutive Gold Gloves and his three All-Star selections. His injury-plagued 2006 marked the first season in his seven years as a Cardinal that he did not hit at least 28 home runs and drive in 83 or more.

Jerry Modene (14): One could make the argument that Edmonds rates higher, but he has "only" seven years as a Cardinal to Curt Flood's 12 and that's just enough to make the difference. Two or three years from now, when his time is up, Edmonds may well rate ahead of Flood as the greatest center fielder in Cardinal history; as it is, he's just a sliver behind him.

Edmonds rates fourth all time on the Cardinal home run list with 229 (one more than Lankford), seventh all time on the Cardinal list with his .400 OBA, and fourth (!!!) all time on the Cardinal SLG list at .572 (he trails only McGwire, Pujols, and Mize on the SLG list). He's only got 3263 at-bats as a Cardinal, though, which is why he can't yet rate higher.

Still, we're talking about a guy who has averaged 33 home runs and 94 RBI over his seven-year Cardinal career – who has also been the greatest defensive center fielder of his day – yes, better than Griffey and better than Jones and better than Hunter.

Ray Mileur (18): Traded by the Anaheim Angels to St. Louis in 2000 for pitcher Kent Bottenfield and second baseman Adam Kennedy, Jimmy Edmonds, 36, is probably the best fielding center-fielder in St. Louis Cardinals' history. He's won the coveted Gold Glove award eight times in nine seasons from 1997 to 2005.

A three-time All-Star (‘00, ‘03 and ‘05) with the Cardinals, Edmonds won the Silver Slugger Award and finished fifth in the MVP voting in 2004. Edmonds, has hit .288 with 229 home runs and 660 RBI in 988 games with St. Louis, ranking fourth on the team's all-time home run list.

One of four active players to make this list, Jimmy missed more than 50 games last season due to a concussion and a shoulder problems that had bothered him for years, requiring surgery in November. He should be ready by opening day and still can put up some decent offensive numbers on top of his Gold Glove defense of center.

The Cardinals signed Edmonds to a two-year extension in September, so he'll probably finish his career in St. Louis.

Brian Walton (18): Jim Edmonds has always offered an extraordinary package of hitting and defense. Rarely does a player excel defensively as does Edmonds while also putting up offensive numbers that stand up on their own so well.

In a way, Edmonds' numerous highlight-reel fielding plays might actually draw attention away from his strength as a hitter. And it isn't all power – home runs and slugging - either.

Sure, Edmonds strikes out a lot – third most in franchise history. But, as noted above, he still gets on base. Edmonds' stellar .400 on-base percentage registers in the top ten on the franchise all-time list, partially due to the fact he also ranks among the organization's best-ever at drawing walks.

Walt Jocketty has made many excellent trades in his twelve years as Cardinals general manager, but the history books may validate that getting Jim Edmonds was his very best.

Voter Comments Key: Voter (Individual Ranking); NR = Not Rated

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