A discussion I’ve been having with a great baseball mind has led me to profile Jim Edmonds. 

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The Numbers
1925 Games
7708 At Bats
.284 Batting Average
.528 Slugging %
.905 OPS
132 OPS+
1881 Hits
1207 Runs
414 Doubles
25 Triples
382 HRs
1176 RBIs
974 Walks
65 SBs

Five .300 Seasons
Four 100+ Run Seasons
Seven 30+ Double Seasons
Five 30+ HR Seasons
Four 100+ RBI Seasons

World Series:  2 World Series, 1 Ring, 64 Games, 230 At Bats, 63 Hits (.274), 33 Runs, 16 Doubles, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs, 30 Walks  

Awards
4-time All-Star
8 Gold Gloves
1 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-Base % – 3 Times
Slugging % - 3 Times
OPS – 3 Times
At Bats – Once
Runs – 3 Times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Once
Home Runs – 4 Times
RBIs – Twice
Walks – 4 Times
Extra-Base Hits – Twice
Intentional Walks – Twice

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Gray Ink Batting - 60 (407), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame Monitor Batting - 88 (183), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Batting - 40 (144), Average HOFer ≈ 50
  
He certainly belongs in the Rawlings Gold Glove Hall of Fame because of his defensive prowess, but I’m on the fence for Cooperstown.  He did have a stretch of greatness from 1995-2005 (throwing out 1999 when he was limited to 55 games), where he averaged 99 Runs, 32 HRs, and 93 RBIs.  He collected all eight of his Gold Gloves during that stretch meaning he was one of the most complete players in the league for a decade.  He also had his share of postseason success in the second half of his career.  It would be easier to induct him if he reached 2000 Hits, but he had 1200 Runs and nearly 1200 RBIs.  He may have won even more Gold Gloves if it weren’t for Ken Griffey, Jr.  He doesn’t pass the name test for induction, but if you look into the numbers, I think he did just enough to get in.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
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Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
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Dave Concepcion
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Larry Corcoran

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Mike Cuellar
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Rick Ferrell*
Wes Ferrell
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
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Mo Vaughn
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Veterans Committee Ballot
 

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Happy Birthday Dukes!

 
Wednesday, August 13th
Raul Ibanez
went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Mark Teixeira went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds (Game 1) had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Geovany Soto (Game 1) went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Troy Glaus went 4 for 4.  Jeff Kent also had 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells hit a Grand Slam.  Daniel Murphy (3 RBI), Omar Infante, Michael Young, Kevin Youkilis (3 Runs), Corey Hart (3 RBI), Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora, David Eckstein, Skip Schumaker, Brad Hawpe, Maicer Izturis, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Martin, and Eric Hinske each had 3 Hits.  Delmon Young, Wladimir Balentien and Milton Bradley each had 3 RBI.

Mark Buehrle threw 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 10-10 with a 3.77 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA with the Brewers (13-8, 3.05 overall).  Kevin Slowey gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA.  David Purcey threw 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-3.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 10-8 with a 3.18 ERA.  Andy Sonnastine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-6.  Braden Looper gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 11-9.  Randy Wolf gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 8-10.  John Maine gave up 1 Hit in 5 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA.  Brian Stokes threw 4 Innings of scoreless relief.  Rich Harden gave up 2 Hits in 5 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Cubs (7-2, 2.09 overall).  Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars.  

Pitcher
Kevin Slowey - Starting pitching has been great on the Twins’ current 11-1 run.  Slowey has been one of their finest.  In the past week he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP in 15 Innings with 15 Ks without a Walk.  Since getting bombed by the White Sox on June 8th, Slowey has allowed 3 Runs in 29 Innings (0.93 ERA).

Catcher
Jason Kendall - How about Milwaukee’s Jason Kendall for a blast from the past?  He turned 34 on Thursday and hit .333 (6 of 18) last week.  He added 2 Runs, an RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  Not too bad for a grizzled vet.

Corner Infielder
Ryan Gload - Kansas City’s Gload was hitting a load last week with his .450 batting averaged (9 or 20).  He added 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, a HR, 6 RBI, and 3 Walks.  As an added bonus, he qualifies at OF as well in Yahoo leagues.

Middle Infielder
Willie Harris
 - Washington’s Willie Harris was hot last week.  The Georgia native went 7 of 19 (.368) with 3 Runs, a Triple, a HR, an RBI, 3 Walks, and 2 SBs.  Willie turned 30 on Sunday, June 22nd.

Outfielder
Jim Edmonds - Kendall isn’t the only grizzled vet that tore it up last week.  Chicago Cubs’ Jim Edmonds stepped back in time to go 6 of 19 (.316) with 5 Runs, 3 HRs, 6 RBI, and 6 Walks.  He also celebrated a birthday last week, turning 38 on Friday.

Tuesday, June 24th
Chad Tracy and Scott Rolen each drove in 4 Runs.  Marco Scutaro and Alex Rios (3 RBI) each had 4 Hits.  Yadier Molina, Robinson Cano, Freddy Sanchez (3 Runs), Kenji Johjima, Fernando Tatis, Brian Schneider, Torii Hunter, Ryan Doumit, Adam La Roche, Akinori Iwamura, Dewayne Wise, Brian Roberts, Lyle Overbay (3 Runs), and Raul Ibanez (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Gregg Zaun, Richie Sexson, Jim Edmonds, Emil Brown, and Mike Napoli each had 3 RBI.

R.A. Dickey allowed 6 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-3.  A.J. Burnett gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to even his record at 7-7.  Jonathan “Filthy” Sanchez gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-4 with a 3.98 ERA.  Aaron Laffey gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in a 6-2/3 Inning no-decision.  Dave Bush gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 4-7.  Scott Olsen gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Brian Moehler gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 4-3.  Eric Hurley gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Zack Greinke gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 7-4 with a 3.40 ERA.  Mark Buehrle gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings to improve to 5-6.  Joe Blanton gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 4-10.  Jamie Moyer gave up 3 Runs in 6-2/3 innings with 9 Ks, but took the Loss.  Kevin Slowey gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings, but got a no-decision.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 6 Ks, but also didn’t factor in the decision.


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