St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 20 Hitters
#7 – CF Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds has been in the public eye a fair amount of late since he’s appearing on the Hall of Fame Ballot for the first time this season. There’s a reasonable amount of support for his induction from fans (spearheaded by the Twitter account @JimEdmondsHOF), but he’s in danger of falling off of the ballot. We’ve even covered his case here.
Apparently, the voters don’t appreciate or haven’t examined closely enough what Jimmy Baseball accomplished at the plate. In eight season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Edmonds paired 241 home runs with a .285/.393/.555 slash line. Even in the explosive offensive environment of the early 2000s, those numbers were among the best in the league, and his 143 wRC+ over that span ranked him as the 15th best offensive player around.
Jim Edmonds’ impressive combination of on-base skills and power earned him three trips to the All-Star Game with the Cardinals and helped him lead St. Louis to a World Series title in 2006. While the Hall of Fame voters may not recognize his batting skills with a spot in Cooperstown, given his prominence in his era, Edmonds clearly stands out as one of the best hitters to ever wear the birds on the bat.
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