Earlier this month, Jim Edmonds personally informed Tony La Russa and St. Louis that he wanted to make a comeback and end his career as a Cardinal. La Russa said he would consider Edmonds plea, but it seems Edmonds wasn’t in the plan for the 2010 Redbirds. The Milwaukee Brewers were paying close attention, though, and signed the veteran to a Minor League contract yesterday.
Edmonds will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the team, likely as a mentor, pinch hitter, and versatile defensive option. The soon-to-be 40-year-old should be refreshed and ready to go after taking 2009 off. In his last season, he played for the Padres and Cubs. Edmonds struggled mightily out of the gate before finding a comfort zone with the Cubbies. Hopefully he settles in early this year, so he can finish his career on his terms.
If he does struggle, maybe the Cards could take a page from the Cubs and bring an old friend back to help out in the stretch run. For now, good luck in your comeback, Jim. Redbird nation will be watching closely, ready to cheer for you if you reach 400 home runs.
Now that you think about it 400 homers is impressive considering Jim played in the steroid era. There will always be a place in St. Louis for Edmonds, just not in 2010. Enjoy Milwaukee!