Up Next: Jim Edmonds
Edmonds may not have made a great historical impact on the game, and some may feel that he is the least deserving of our candidates so far, but I'll disagree...
For a 5-6 year stretch, Edmonds has been the absolute best player at his position in all of baseball. I feel that with two or three more productive seasons, the 4-time All Star becomes Hall considerable. He hasn't reached any major milestones yet, but I'm the type who will take 12-14 very good/great seasons that eneded in 2,500 hits over 18-20 above-average/good seasons that ended in 3,000 hits. Maybe that's just me.
Edmonds will not get to any of the milestone numbers and that will hurt him with the panel; although he has a very outside shot at 500 HR. He should most likely end his career over 425, though. The other milestone numbers will not be there. However, as far as quality of play? He's been one of the best hitters in baseball for most of his career. He gets on base, hits homeruns, drives in runs, has excellent EBH numbers and hits well for average. Plus he's a top notch defender. If you judge Edmonds' career on a quality scale I'd dare you to find 5 outfielders that are better from his era. If the judges are pre-occupied with milestone numbers then Edmonds probably doesn't stand a chance getting into the HOF.
I think with 2-3 more solid seasons, he gets serious consideration, from me at least, for making a ballot after waiting some. That said, I don't have faith in the panel to induct him, even then.
8 Gold Glove Awards (6 consecutive), a Silver Slugger, 2 Top 5 MVP Finishes, .384 career OBP, .291 career AVG, over 1,000 RBI, over 400 EBH, over 40 HR twice and 39 in another year, .927 career OPS in his 14th season with the Angels and Cardinals.
Gray Ink: Batting - 60 (400) (Average HOFer ~ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting - 37.6 (173) (Average HOFer ~ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting - 83.5 (193) (Likely HOFer > 100)
Things I Consider:
- Historical Impact
- Did the player leave his mark on the game? This is probably the area in which the fewest players actually impact the HoF, as so few people actually fall under this criteria; however, it is just one of several things to be considered.
- Position Rank
- How does he stack up against his peers, not only of his own era but in baseball history? Judging a player against his contemporaries is one way to judge value.
- how long does a player play at the top of his game? Is his peak short, or does he maintain excellence over a stretch? Is he given an extra nudge due to simply doing something for an absurd amount of time?
- 'The Numbers'
- Isn't that what it's all about, afterall? From the milestones, to the averages/ratios, to the career highs, records, etc. etc.
Remember, NO FLAMING/INSTIGATIN'!
1st ballot? 2nd? 3rd? Not at all? Why? Is he a lock today? In a season? Two more? Three?