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Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:03 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Years 2014-16 will crowd Hall of Fame ballot



By Matt Snyder


With the 2012 Hall of Fame class set to be Barry Larkin and Ron Santo, we can now look ahead to future years -- while kicking and screaming about who should have gotten in or who didn't deserve it, of course; heaven forbid anyone just celebrate the careers of Larkin and Santo and move on. My colleague C. Trent Rosecrans has taken a look at the explosive 2013 Hall of Fame class of first-year eligibles. Just envision all the arguing and name-calling that will take place in our comments section next year at this time (remember, everyone's personal opinion is right and everyone else is an idiot with absolutely no room for discussion!). I have a headache already.

Anyway, the ballot doesn't let up anytime soon, either. Check out the first-year eligible classes for the ensuing three ballots. And remember, these guys are only joining those remaining on the ballot. It's going to get overly crowded with legitimate superstars unless a few classes have upwards of four or five inductees.

Here are the most notable guys joining the ballot before 2017, divided up by year.

2014

Greg Maddux - Listing his numbers is a waste of time. He's as much of a lock as anyone.

Frank Thomas - It's also hard to see the Big Hurt not getting in on the first try as well. He has more than 500 home runs, two MVPs, and a ridiculous .974 career OPS (156 OPS-plus).

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Tom Glavine - Are 300 wins good for automatic induction? I think so. The two Cy Youngs and six top three finishes in Cy voting also help to make him a lock.

Jeff Kent - While not a very good defender, Kent was one of the best offensive second basemen in history. His 377 home runs are the most ever for a 2B while his .290/.356/.500 line is stellar from that position. Kent's WAR is very similar to Ryne Sandberg's, and Ryno got in on his third try. It might be tougher for Kent, with the crowded ballots and all. Think about it, are the voters really going to put in four first-year guys here? Very doubtful, especially considering there will be worthy guys lingering from previous ballots.

Mike Mussina - Moose went 270-153 in his career with an assortment of Gold Gloves, All-Star appearances and top six finishes in Cy Young voting. His 3.68 career ERA came in a time when it was a hitters' game, as it factors out to a 123 ERA-plus. Will his shortfall in wins (30 shy of 300) and strikeouts (187 short of 3,000) cost him? It very well might.

Luis Gonzalez - He was just a pretty good player until getting to Arizona, so he probably didn't do it long enough.

Moises Alou - He actually has better rate stats than Gonzalez, but the feeling is neither makes it.

2015

Randy Johnson - The only question is Mariners or Diamondbacks cap on his bust. I'll lean toward D-Backs with the four Cy Youngs and World Series ring, but he pitched 1 1/2 more seasons in Seattle. But this is a discussion for a different day.

Pedro Martinez - He was the most dominant pitcher in baseball for a seven-year stretch. He won three Cy Young awards and had the best MLB ERA in five of those aforementioned seven seasons. In all, Pedro was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and over 3,000 strikeouts in a big-time hitters' era. He has to be in, probably on the first ballot.

John Smoltz - How heavily will the 213 wins and 154 saves weigh on the minds of voters? I'm guessing a good amount. He also has that Cy Young and over 3,000 strikeouts. Even if not on the first ballot, Smoltz will be enshrined.

Gary Sheffield - One of the more feared hitters of his generation, Sheffield's offensive numbers say he's worthy (509 homers, .907 career OPS, over 1,600 runs and RBI). But he was in the Mitchell Report, so -- judging from what we've seen so far from the voters in terms of the steroid-connected guys -- he's probably not going to get in.

Nomar Garciaparra - Through 2003, he was headed to Cooperstown, but things derailed after that. His career triple slash line (.313/.361/.521) is pretty damn good, but was he dominant long enough? I'll guess no.

Carlos Delgado - With tons of power in his prime, Delgado ended up with 473 homers and 1,512 RBI. His .383 on-base percentage and .929 OPS (138 OPS-plus) are very impressive, too. My guess, though, is Delgado put up those numbers in the wrong era and he falls short.

2016

Ken Griffey Jr. - Easy choice.

Trevor Hoffman - The Hall voters haven't been kind to closers, but Hoffman saved 601 games, obliterating the previous record (held by Lee Smith) until Mariano Rivera passed him last season. I bet Hoffman gets in with relative ease. If not the first try, certainly the second or third.

Billy Wagner - See the above comment about Hall voters' treatment of closers. Wagner was definitely dominant, but I feel like only Rivera and Hoffman get in from this generation of closers.

Andy Pettitte - If you only look at the regular season stats, Pettitte has a case as a very good pitcher who wasn't a Hall of Famer. He went 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 2,251 strikeouts. He garnered Cy Young votes in five different seasons but never won the award. However, will 75 percent of the voters consider the postseason and cast a vote for Pettitte? It's possible. He was 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in the postseason, in a whopping 263 innings. He has five rings and went to the World Series three other times (once with the Astros, remember). He will not be getting into the Hall on his first handful of tries, but maybe after a decade or so on the ballot Pettitte makes it. Then again, he also was named in the Mitchell Report.

Jim Edmonds - The four-time All-Star won eight Gold Gloves and hit 393 homers. He hit .284/.376/.527 and racked up 67.9 WAR according to Baseball-Reference.com. Still, with less than 2,000 hits, less than 400 home runs and less than 1,300 runs or RBI, I'd bet he doesn't have a real shot of making it.



So there you have it. Without considering the guys who were already on the ballot from previous years and then factoring in the huge class of 2013, we have three years with what I think will yield nine Hall of Famers. Maybe 10 if Pettitte gets enough support. Now, keep in mind I'm not a voter nor was I saying above who I would personally want to see in the Hall. I'm merely trying to guess how the voting body will react to the players above, based upon how they've treated players in the recent past.

Simply put, the ballot is going to be very, very crowded in a few years.

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Posted on: April 1, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Edmonds no fan of Phillips, Reds' doctors

By Matt Snyder

Jim Edmonds ended up playing for four of the six teams in the NL Central, but it seems his heart is only in one place (not that you can blame him, considering his experiences). And just in case you're wondering, that place was definitely not Cincinnati.

On an interview with 590 "The Fan" in St. Louis, Edmonds spoke out against the Reds' doctors and a certain player who called the Cardinals "little bitches" last season. (WLW )

When asked about his foot injury, that has kept him off the field in 2011, Edmonds said, "awful, it's still awful. I still can't do so many things I want to do. It's really frustrating. I don't know the right words to use towards the Cincinnati doctors."

Edmonds also said he basically only accepted the trade to the Reds for Cincy general manager Walt Jocketty, who was the Cards' GM for the majority of the time Edmonds played in St. Louis. He noted he should not have done so and instead simply shut himself down for the season.

He doesn't hate the rest of the Reds, well, except for Brandon Phillips, even though he wouldn't even say his name.

"They have a bunch of good guys ... other than that one situation and that one player." Later he again reiterated, "they are all actually pretty good except that one guy."

Edmonds also noted he wasn't surprised about the Reds' terrible performance in the NLDS, saying the Reds were really "young and really naive" last season.

UPDATE: Phillips has replied on Twitter , saying "Awww! That's so sweet! Trust me, there are so many things I can say about him and y'all would look at him different!"

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Edmonds retiring

Jim Edmonds Jim Edmonds has retired, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Rick Hummel writes .

Edmonds, who played for the Brewers and Reds last season, had signed a one-year, non-roster contract with the Cardinals, but his injured right foot was not up to snuff, so he told Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak that he was instead retiring.

Edmonds missed the 2009 season, but didn't retire. This time, it appears to be over.

The Reds traded for Edmonds for the stretch run last season, but he played just 13 games for Cincinnati. His last game was Sept. 21 and he homered in the second inning of the game, but hobbled around the bases after aggravating an Achilles injury.

Edmonds finishes his 17-year career hitting .284/.376/.527 with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBI and 1,949 hits. He was also one of the premier defensive center fielders, winning eight Gold Gloves in nine years from 1997 to 2005. He also made four All-Star appearances. He also played for the Angels, Padres, Cubs and Brewers.

Of course, if nothing else, he'll be remembered for his great catches. The 1997 grab at Kauffmann Stadium in what may be the greatest catch of all time, robbing David Howard.



UPDATE: Edmonds released a statement through the team (via MLB.com ):
"After speaking with Dr. [George] Paletta [the Cardinals' team physician] and a number of doctors about the potential risk of future permanent damage, I have decided to retire. Although I feel that I can still play and contribute, the risk of permanent injury is too much for me to chance. As much as I regret this announcement, I feel that it is for the best."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Edmonds going to camp with Cardinals

Jim Edmonds Well, so much for Jim Edmonds retiring. The Cardinals announced that they just signed him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.

The 40-year-old outfielder played eight years in St. Louis from 2000-07, hitting 241 of his 393 career homers and making three of his four All-Star appearances in a Cardinals uniform. He sat out the 2009 season and returned with a decent showing in 2010 with the Brewers and Reds, with a combined line of .276/.342/.504 and an OPS+ of 127.

Given his age and recent history of leg injuries, it seems unlikely Edmonds can play in the outfield much, if at all. The only other position he's played in the majors is first base, where he's appeared 57 times in nine different seasons. So perhaps the Cardinals envision him as a potential backup for Albert Pujols.

Considering Pujols has played an average of 156 games a year, that's not a lot of playing time, but the Cardinals and their fans would probably love just having No. 15 around.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 9:59 am
 

Edmonds 'probably going to retire'

Jim Edmonds
Not that it's a huge surprise, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Jim Edmonds is likely headed for retirement.

After sitting out 2009, Edmonds had a solid 2010 split between the Brewers and Reds, ending up with a .276/.342/.504 line. The 40-year-old could at least have gotten a minor-league deal with a camp invitation, but it sounds like he's leaning toward hanging 'em up.

"Jay [Bruce] talked him the other day,” Jocketty said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s probably going to retire."

When the long-time Cardinal and Angel does retire, Edmonds is going to have a Hall of Fame case that might surprise some. He's an eight-time Gold Glove winner in center field and has a career batting line of .284/.376/.527 with a 128 OPS+ and 393 homers. He is in the top 100 in career offensive and defensive WAR, is 62nd in OPS and 52nd in slugging percentage.

Since he was an All-Star just four times in 17 seasons and never won an MVP or a batting title, Edmonds probably won't get into the Hall. But looking at his numbers, he's had a heck of a career.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Edmonds still undecided about a return

Jim Edmonds Jim Edmonds may be considering another comeback -- but he may not be.

"It depends what week I talk to him," his agent, Paul Cohen, told Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman .

Edmonds sat out 2009, only to come back in 2010, first for the Brewers and then the Reds.

Edmonds hit .276/.342/.504 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances in 2010, doing his best work with the Brewers. Edmonds played in only 13 games with the Reds after his Aug. 9 trade in exchange for Chris Dickerson.

The 40-year old aggravated an Achilles injury in September when he was running around the bases on a home run, if he doesn't return, it would be the last at-bat of his career.

Edmonds had received a cortisone shot late in the season and had hoped to join the team for the playoffs, but wasn't ready in time for the Reds' brief playoff appearance.

At the end of last season, he said he was "leaning toward" retirment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Edmonds undecided about retirement

Jim Edmonds Now that Jim Edmonds' season is officially over, will the outfielder ride off into retirement?

After skipping 2009, Edmonds quickly turned into one of the Brewers' best hitters before a late-season trade landed him with Cincinnati. Trouble with his achilles heel, which had plagued him all year, flared up and rendered him incapable of playing in the postseason. Understandably, that wasn't the ending to his career that Edmonds wanted, despite hitting a home run in his final at-bat.

Edmonds has to speak to his wife about whether or not he should return for another year. With two small children, he is fearful of leaving his wife to raise them as a single mother for six months of the year. He even tried to walk away from the game multiple times, only for Brewers manager Ken Macha to convince him to stay.

"I tried to quit a couple of times ... but Macha wouldn't let me. I was playing in tears every day when I was playing," Edmonds told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Basically, I hit .380 or .400 for a month-and-a-half and he said, 'You're my best player. As long as you can walk, you can walk out there and play.' I was barely able to walk."

Edmonds admitted that if the Reds didn't have Jocketty at the helm, he likely would have either remained with Milwaukee or gone home. The Red Sox had tried to acquire Edmonds, only to have the longtime Cardinal reject that location before Jocketty and the Reds came calling.

The lefty would consider becoming a backup first baseman, but playing the outfield is out -- he no longer has the durability to do so, even in a backup capacity. There are plenty of teams out there that would love a backup first baseman with the pedigree Edmonds has coming off the bench, so he should field offers.

"He's talking like he'd like to [play again]," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "I told him, 'Yeah, if you don't break the bank.'"

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Edmonds' status still in the air

Jim Edmonds The Reds aren't counting out Jim Edmonds yet.

Edmonds, who is dealing with an Achilles injury, will give the team the final word after today's workout in Philadelphia, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes .

If Edmonds can't go, the team will go with rookie Juan Francisco. The Reds sent first baseman Yonder Alonso home.

"[Francisco] can play more positions," manager Dusty Baker said. "If Scotty [Rolen] comes up sore or something, we've got another bona fide third baseman."

Baker said the team would go up until tomorrow's 10 a.m. deadline to set the roster.

However, outfielder Laynce Nix who missed much of the last month of the season with a sprained ankle will be on the roster and will likely start Friday against Roy Oswalt.

"He hits him better than anyone we've got," Baker said.

Nix is 9 for 17 with three doubles and two homers in his career against Oswalt.

The Reds will load up on the left-handers in the bullpen to face the Phillies, with Arthur Rhodes, Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray and Travis Wood available in relief.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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