Over the last 15 years, Jim Edmonds has served as one of the most consistent presences in baseball (well, except for in 2009, when he sat out because nobody would pay him enough money). After returning in 2010, it looks like he'll probably be walking away for good.
Reds general manager Walt] Jocketty hasn’t talked to Jim Edmonds. "Jay (Bruce) talked him the other day," Jocketty said. "He’s probably going to retire."
Edmonds probably won't enter the Hall of Fame, because he just doesn't have the numbers, but he figures to hang around on the ballot for several years. In a sense, he was a sort of Bizarro Ken Griffey, Jr., in that his best years came after his 30th birthday. From the ages of 30 to 34 -- five seasons -- he hit .298 with 181 home runs, a 1.003 OPS, and (sorry, this is obligatory), no association with performance-enhancing drug use.
He's most often remembered, though, for his work in center field, especially this over-the-head catch that is commonly regarded as one of the greatest catches in the history of baseball. Take a look:
This video's full of great highlights, but the catch in question starts at the 1:05 mark. Over 13 years later, I'm unsure of how he pulled it off. In the most iconic image of Jim Edmonds, his face is peeking over his groin,