Feb 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals former players Jim Edmonds (L) Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee chat during Spring Training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds joins Fox Sports Midwest team

Jim Edmonds was a guest instructor during the early weeks of Spring Training but the April 1st telecast on Fox Sports Midwest marks his first appearance as a broadcaster for the St Louis Cardinals pre-game and post-game shows.

Edmonds joined the Cardinals in March 2000 when he was sent from the Los Angeles Angels in return for pitcher Kent Bottenfield and shortstop Adam Kennedy. Edmonds would man the outfield for the Cardinals until he was traded to the San Diego Padres in December 2007 for some third baseman named David Freese.

Fox Sports Midwest officially announced today that the former centerfielder would be joining the broadcast team.

“I’m excited to try something new and to be involved with Cardinals baseball,” said Edmonds. “This gives me an opportunity to be around the organization, work with the group from FOX and provide fans different insight into the game.”

“Jim is honest and insightful when talking about baseball and we expect he’ll bring unique perspective to our shows,” said FOX Sports Midwest General Manager and Senior Vice President Jack Donovan. “We’re eager to see him join Cardinals Live and I’m sure fans will enjoy hearing his insights.”

Dan McLaughlin handles play by play duties while Rick Horton or Al Hrabosky serve as analysts for games. When McLaughlin is off, Horton moves into the play by play chair. The FSN Midwest team for Cardinals games also includes hosts Pat Parris and Jim Hayes, and former Cardinal outfielder Chris Duncan.

Cal Eldred, who was previously a part of the Cardinals Live telecast has moved on to a role in the Cardinals organization as a special assistant to the general manager. As such, Edmonds is joining the team.

The first Fox Sports Midwest telecast is today and it will also air on the MLB Network. Fos Sports Midwest is airing a record high of 10 Spring Training games this spring.

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