Strip away the Sportscenter highlight reels and there are a lot of players who have remarkably similar if not superior stats who will likely never be in a HoF Debate thread.
but are those players center fielders? to me, it boils down to defense/differentiating between center and corner outfielders. there are better outfielder bats than edmonds, but not many better center field bats. if you think there is a significant difference between CF and LF, then edmonds has a chance. if you just want to focus on offensive stats then he has no chance.
I don't disagree in principle, but the flip side to this arguement is the reduced weight of his gold gloves (potentially). In each of the 6 years that Edmonds won his NL gold gloves, Andruw Jones also won a GG. Now, I personally believe that the GG's in the outfield should be handed out by position (LF, CF, RF). If we are distinguishing by position, you must ask yourself if Edmonds would have 6 GG's in the NL if there were only one each year given to a CF? I'm not purporting to know the answer, but the question is valid if you are going to place a big differentiation between CF and corner OF's.
I'm also not saying that GG's should be a relevant measure in the first place, but we all know that quantifiable awards do play a role.