BY: MATTHEW PRESLAR
I’m not here to present a new earth shattering idea, but more to present my thoughts on why the great baseball player, Jim Edmonds, deserves a spot in Cooperstown. When evaluating any player for Hall Of Fame status, one should look at numbers of inducted players during a relatively similar point in history. In many people’s opinions, Edmonds passes the eye test. Anybody watching Edmonds, especially during his Angels and Cardinals days, knew they had the opportunity to see an all time great catch every time he stepped in Center Field. If you searched YouTube for great catches to this day, you’ll see multiple versions of Edmonds on a dead sprint straight back and making a diving, full extension catch nearly against the Center Field wall. Those defensive plays alone warrant Hall of Fame consideration. However, Jim’s offensive numbers relative to the position and era also make him worthy. To aid my argument, I want to compare Edmonds’s production to Hall of Farmers Andre Dawson and Kirby Puckett.