At Viva El Birdos, in response to a truly odd article by Jeff Pearlman in which Jim Edmonds was lumped in with the likes of Bret Boone and Mo Vaughn, we took a look at what WAR had to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy. Clip:â†µ
Reminder: Jim Edmonds spent six seasons as an outstanding defensive centerfielder in which he hit .292/.406/.584, an OPS+ of 153. Mo Vaughn spent six seasons as an increasingly planetary first baseman in which he hit .315/.405/.569. In the six years before he moved to right Andre Dawson hit .298/.333/.495 (OPS+ 129, since by then we're getting into the Distant Pre-Longball Past.)â†µ
He also spent four years before that as Andre Dawson!â†µ
Jim Edmonds was Jim Rice, if Jim Rice were a better hitter and also a Gold Glove centerfielder, and also not the most prolific double-play grounder-into in baseball history, and also not a Red Sock.â†µ
For my money it was more interesting to talk about J.D. Drew's bizarrely outstanding career. He might be the most disappointing 45 WAR player in the history of baseball.