Unlike Gray, Jim Edmonds would not have entered the Hall of Fame as a member of the LA Angels. Like Grich, he absolutely should be in Cooperstown. Debate from a wall.
Edmonds was FILTHY on defense, patrolling center field better than anyone. Totaling eight Golden Gloves, Edmonds had the accomplishments to prove it. Hitting .284/.376/.527 (.903 OPS), he was also terrific swinging the bat.
I have no idea what voters didn’t see. He’s the same guy who averaged 32 home runs and 101 runs in 162 games with top-notch defense. He had a full set of skills, but he’s still being watched.
Recording a 132 OPS+, he had an on-base percentage of .410 or more four times in his 17 years in the major leagues. Winning a World Series title in 2006, he was also a winner.
I honestly can’t figure out why he’s not here. It’s not like he’s been left out in the playoffs. He hit .274/.361/.513 (.874 OPS) with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 64 October baseball games.
These are fantastic numbers.
For some reason, none of these guys have plates in Cooperstown. That shouldn’t be the case, but that’s what we envision. At least we know our Angels have a surefire three-time AL MVP who will be 100% inducted when it’s his turn.