Jim Edmonds

Jim Edmonds

Infobox MLB player
name=Jim Edmonds

position=Center fielder
team=Chicago Cubs
birthdate=birth date and age|1970|6|27
debutdate=September 9
debutteam=California Angels
statyear=September 30, 2008
stat1label=Batting average
stat4label=Home runs
stat5label=Runs batted in
stat6label=Slugging percentage
*California/Anaheim Angels (by|1993-by|1999)
*St. Louis Cardinals (by|2000-by|2007)
*San Diego Padres (by|2008)
*Chicago Cubs (by|2008-present)
*World Series champion (2006)
* 4x All-Star selection (1995, 2000, 2003, 2005)
* 8x Gold Glove Award winner (1998-2005)
* Silver Slugger Award winner (2004)

James Patrick "Jim" Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a left-handed center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. Edmonds has also played for the California/Anaheim Angels, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Diego Padres, and is currently playing for the Chicago Cubs. He was affectionately known by Cardinal fans as "Jimmy Baseball",Miklasz, Bernie. - [http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/columnists.nsf/berniemiklasz/story/20AB657D969219BE862571C700131F87?OpenDocument 'Jimmy Baseball' delivers in clutch] . - "Saint Louis Post-Dispatch". - August 11, 2006. - Retrieved: 2006-11-12] "Jimmy Ballgame", "Lassie" and as "Hollywood." [cite news|url=http://sports.aol.com/mlb/playoffs/_a/hollywood-edmonds-comes-through/20061025001709990001|title='Hollywood' Edmonds Comes Through|author=Fallstrom, R.B.|publisher=Associated Press|date=October 25, 2006|accessdate=2006-11-11]

Early in his Major League career the California Angels selected Edmonds in the seventh round of the by|1988 draft. Edmonds was traded from Anaheim to St. Louis for second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitcher Kent Bottenfield shortly before the beginning of the by|2000 season. His fielding ability has earned him recognition from Major League coaches and managers, who voted him a Rawlings Gold Glove winner eight times in nine seasons from by|1997 to by|2005.

Playing career

Throughout his career, Edmonds has played first base in stretches, usually as a result of injury to a starting first basemen, but sometimes simply to provide rest to regular position players, or give another outfielder playing time. With Albert Pujols suffering an oblique injury in June of the by|2006 season, Edmonds made six starts at first.

Edmonds has hit 30 or more home runs in five seasons, while maintaining a .285 career batting average, and has knocked in over 1,140 runs in his career. He has also received eight Gold Glove Awards in his career at center field, most of them coming as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Two of Edmonds' most spectacular defensive plays came while on the Cardinals and the Angels. In June by|1997, while playing center field for the Anaheim Angels, Edmonds ran straight back towards the center field wall of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and dove outstretched for a fly ball over his head, making the catch on the warning track. His other memorable catch came when on the St. Louis Cardinals on July 16, by|2004, while covering center field against Reds batter Jason LaRue. LaRue hit a deep shot to center field that surely would have been enough to be a home run. On a dead run, Edmonds scaled the wall, reached his entire right arm over the fence, and caught the ball.

A defining moment of Edmonds' career came in the 2004 National League Championship Series, in which Edmonds hit an extra-inning home run to win Game 6. In Game 7, Edmonds made a spectacular defensive play in center, helping the Cardinals win the pennant. On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Edmonds was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the [http://www.komen.org Breast Cancer Foundation] . In 2006, Edmonds helped the St. Louis Cardinals win their first World Series title since 1982 while contributing 4 RBI.

Edmonds, along with Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, earned the nickname MV3 for their phenomenal 2004 seasons.

Edmonds was on the cover of MLB Slugfest 2004.

On December 15, by|2007, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for David Freese. As part of the deal, the Cardinals also agreed to pay part of Edmonds' by|2008 salary. [ [http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/padres/20071214-1851-bn14padres.html SignOnSanDiego.com > San Diego Padres - Padres acquiring Jim Edmonds in trade with Cardinals ] ] Edmonds' 241 home runs with the Cardinals are the fourth-most in franchise history. [ [http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071215&content_id=2327183&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: St. Louis Cardinals News ] ]

On May 9, 2008, the Padres released him after hitting only .178 with one home run in 90 at bats.On May 14, 2008, the Chicago Cubs, in need of a left-handed bat to platoon in center with Reed Johnson, signed Edmonds to a one-year contract of which the Cubs were only responsible for the league minimum. He started the next day against his former team, the Padres, and went 1 for 4. Edmonds was not well received initially by the fans at the Friendly Confines, but after joining the Cubs, his defense improved and he hit over .300 with 8 home runs in the first six weeks with the Northsiders. On June 21, 2008, Edmonds hit two home runs in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox, becoming only the third Cubs player, (Sammy Sosa and Mark Bellhorn) to hit two home runs in the same inning. He also has two other multi-homer games as a Cub: one on July 31, 2008 against the Milwaukee Brewers and one on August 8, 2008 against his former team, the Saint Louis Cardinals. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/event_hr.cgi?n1=edmonji01&type=b] ]


Edmonds has three kids: Lauren and Haley from his first marriage and a son Landon with his wife, Allyson Raski, whom he married on July 16, 2008 in Clayton, Missouri. The ceremony was performed by St. Louis County Judge Michael T. Jamison. [cite web |url=http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/385D6E451CE725FC86257489001A4658?OpenDocument |title=Former Cardinal Edmonds marries in Clayton |accessdate=2008-07-22 |last=Lhotka |first=William C. |date=2008-07-17 |publisher=St. Louis Post-Dispatch]


External links

*Jim Edmonds' [http://www.cardsclubhouse.com/photos/index.php?cat=people&topic=Jim%20Edmonds photo gallery]
* [http://stlcardinals.scout.com/a.z?s=321&p=8&c=1&nid=2900096 Jim Edmonds page at stlcardinals.scout.com]

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