February 18, 2011

Jimmy Ballgame over

With one day left before spring training, Jim Edmonds had high hopes of once more setting foot on the outfield grass. Unfortunately for Edmonds and Cardinals fans, that dream is over.

The man dubbed "Jimmy Ballgame," the most well known center fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals, would not have been able to pass a required team physical due to foot-related injuries. Any hopes of rekindling his storied career in baseball has ended, by Edmonds own choice.

Edmonds phoned Cardinals GM John Mozeliak Thursday to inform him that he is calling it quits, his Achilles tendon not responding to medical remedies as he’d hoped. Edmonds officially retired Friday at age 40 and will not report to spring training in Jupiter, Florida.

Edmonds broke into the majors in 1993 with the Anaheim Angels, was then acquired in 2000 by the Cardinals, where he spent eight seasons before moving on to the Padres, Brewers, Cubs, and Reds.

Edmonds hit 241 of his 393 career home runs as a Cardinal, and was part of the World Series winning team of 2006. A four-time All Star, Edmonds has been in more Cardinals post season games at 61 than any Cardinals player in history. In his career, Edmonds was just shy of 1,200 RBI’s and 2,000 hits.

Former teammate Skip Schumaker, who would sometimes take batting practice with Edmonds during the off season, said it would’ve been nice for Edmonds to get to that 2,000 hit and 400 homer plateau. Schumaker also expounded about how much Edmonds would help the younger players.