With the news on Friday that graceful center fielder Jim Edmonds is retiring from the game of baseball after a stellar 17-year career, the talk of whether or not Edmonds is worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame can begin.
While Edmonds was absolutely a human highlight reel during the height of his playing days, injuries severely curtailed his career in the latter years. He ended up sitting out the 2009 season altogether due to nagging leg injuries.
Edmonds did come back in the 2010 season, playing as the fourth outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers and putting up decent numbers in a limited role, with eight home runs and 20 runs batted in. He was later traded to the Cincinnati Reds for the pennant race, during which Edmonds appeared mostly as a pinch-hitter.
Edmonds learned from his physicians that the nagging Achilles tendon injury he suffered last year was not healing correctly, and it was determined that further damage could occur if Edmonds attempted to play again.
So, now the Hall of Fame talk will start, and we will attempt to compare the overall numbers of Jim Edmonds against those who are currently enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.