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Jim Edmonds

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Jim Edmonds

The first table below presents Jim Edmonds's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Jim Edmonds
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1993CAL23
18
1.82.10.456-0.2
-0.0
1.82.10.471-0.10.0
1994CAL24
94
8.88.90.498-0.2
0.5
8.78.90.495-0.30.5
1995CAL25
141
18.915.10.5562.1
3.5
18.615.40.5471.83.2
1996CAL26
114
12.213.60.473-0.7
0.3
14.111.60.5481.22.3
1997ANA27
133
17.114.70.5371.1
2.4
16.914.90.5310.92.2
1998ANA28
154
20.118.00.5291.0
2.5
20.018.10.5260.92.4
1999ANA29
55
6.16.60.482-0.3
0.3
6.46.30.502-0.00.5
2000SLN30
152
21.314.50.5943.1
4.5
20.715.00.5802.54.0
2001SLN31
150
22.215.60.5873.0
4.7
21.416.40.5672.33.9
2002SLN32
144
20.114.80.5752.4
3.8
20.014.90.5742.33.7
2003SLN33
137
17.814.30.5541.6
2.9
18.613.60.5782.33.6
2004SLN34
153
23.513.90.6284.5
6.0
22.514.90.6013.55.0
2005SLN35
142
21.714.60.5973.3
4.6
20.615.70.5682.23.5
2006SLN36
110
13.812.10.5330.7
1.7
13.312.60.5130.21.2
2007SLN37
116
11.212.90.465-0.9
-0.1
11.912.10.496-0.20.7
38
110
12.411.30.5230.4
1.3
12.111.60.5110.11.0
40
86
7.97.10.5270.3
0.9
7.77.20.5170.10.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,009
256.8210.10.55021.2
39.6
255.5211.30.54720.038.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
64
8.58.10.511 0.77.86.60.542 1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,073
265.3218.20.550
40.4
263.3217.80.547 39.5


The 10 players most similar to Jim Edmonds in career value, as measured by Player won-lost records are shown in the next table. For seasons (before 1937) for which I am missing play-by-play data for some games, I have extrapolated players' won-lost records based on the games for which I have data.

Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Jim Edmonds
2,009
256.8210.121.2
39.6
15.0-0.10.07.6
Scott Rolen
2,037
265.8221.119.5
38.3
12.0-0.00.06.9
Robinson Cano
2,078
275.7235.522.3
41.2
10.50.10.06.1
Vern Stephens
1,720
247.5208.221.3
39.5
10.20.90.06.2
Bobby Doerr
1,865
263.7215.626.3
45.5
8.00.30.07.6
Bobby Grich
2,006
253.5217.723.3
41.5
13.00.60.09.7
Joe Gordon
1,566
216.5172.723.5
39.1
8.40.40.07.4
Andruw Jones
2,195
279.2235.618.2
38.5
9.10.20.09.2
Ernie Banks
2,525
310.4279.111.9
35.8
15.2-0.80.07.5
Joe Cronin
1,714
228.7201.816.6
34.7
9.2-0.30.07.4
Wade Boggs
2,439
291.9254.418.0
39.3
15.60.30.06.5


That's a fairly impressive list of players which I think nicely highlights the strength of Jim Edmonds's Hall-of-Fame candidacy. Four of the 10 players most similar to Edmonds are in the Hall of Fame. Somewhat oddly, all four (Cronin, Gordon, Doerr, and Gehringer) were middle infielders who played more than 60 years ago. In fact, adding Vern Stephens, half of Edmonds's top 10 comps were middle infielders of the 1930's and 1940's. I'm not sure what that means. In addition to the four Hall of Famers, three other players in the above list - Nettles, Grich, and Smith - have been elected to the Hall of Merit.

Jim Edmonds had a somewhat unusual career shape, peaking in his mid-30's, followed by a fairly abrupt dropoff in his late 30's. The next table shows the players most similar to Jim Edmonds in career value from age 30 onward.

Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Jim Edmonds
1,300
171.8131.218.4
30.1
11.7-0.30.05.1
Roberto Clemente
1,065
166.9126.614.2
26.2
12.8-0.00.04.1
Adrian Beltre
1,363
170.8145.611.9
24.2
9.1-0.00.04.2
Chipper Jones
1,405
184.0144.616.0
28.5
13.9-0.20.02.4
Jeff Kent
1,541
211.3177.817.1
32.2
10.6-0.60.02.8
Charlie Gehringer
1,077
145.8119.814.3
25.5
8.50.80.04.0
Nelson R. Cruz
1,393
165.3139.910.0
23.7
12.5-0.20.02.6
Al Kaline
1,238
153.0119.011.9
23.6
11.30.20.02.7
Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista
1,062
136.7115.98.1
17.8
10.7-0.10.03.9
Rogers Hornsby
670
96.671.812.8
19.8
10.0-0.50.01.4
Mel Ott
990
137.4106.410.8
20.7
14.70.60.02.8


One oddity: the player most similar to Edmonds from age 30 onward is perhaps the most obscure player in either of the two preceding tables: Eddie Joost, who was a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, and Philadelphia A's from the 1930's to the 1950's, who is perhaps most famous as one of the "Walking Eddies" (along with Yost and Stanky). From 1947 through 1952, Joost had at least 103 walks, 111 hits, and 13 home runs, for each of six consecutive seasons - his age 31 - 36 seasons, which are what make him Jim Edmonds's most similar player over these ages.

Below Joost, however, the above table includes six Hall-of-Famers or sure-to-be future Hall of Famers (Chipper Jones), two Hall-of-Merit members (Nettles and Evans), and one player who is on this year's Hall-of-Fame ballot with Edmonds (Jeff Kent).

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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