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Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds Padres.jpg
Edmonds with the San Diego Padres in 2008
Center fielder
Born: (1970-06-27) June 27, 1970 (age 51)
Fullerton, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 9, 1993, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 2010, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.284
Home runs393
Runs batted in1,199
Career highlights and awards

James Patrick Edmonds (born June 27, 1970) is an American former professional baseball center fielder and a broadcaster for Bally Sports Midwest. He played for the California/Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1993 to 2010.

Well known for his defensive abilities, Edmonds also was a prolific hitter, batting .284 with 393 home runs and an on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of .903. He is affectionately known by Cardinal fans as "Jimmy Baseball",[1] "Jimmy Ballgame", and "The Jibmaster".[2]

Early life

Edmonds was born on June 27, 1970, in Fullerton, California. His parents divorced when he was a child and had joint custody. His father's home was within a few hundred feet of Anaheim Stadium.[3] He attended Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, in eastern Los Angeles County.

Professional career

Edmonds was selected in the seventh round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft by the California Angels. He had injured his shoulder in his senior year of high school, causing him to fall in the draft.[4]

Following the draft, he was assigned to the Bend Bucks (in Bend, Oregon), the Angels' A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League. In 1988, he played in 35 games for the Bucks and hit .221. The following year, he was promoted to the Quad Cities Angels, the team's Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League. He played in 31 games and hit .261.

In 1990, Edmonds advanced to the Palm Springs Angels, a "High-A" team in the California League. He played 91 games and hit .293. He remained with Palm Springs for the 1991 season as well. In 1992, he was promoted to Double-A with the Midland Angels in the Texas League. He hit .313 in 70 games for Midland. He was promoted again in 1992, moving up to Triple-A Edmonton Trappers for 50 games. The Angels changed Triple-A teams in 1993, so Edmonds played for Vancouver Canadians.

Edmonds was traded from Anaheim to St. Louis for second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitcher Kent Bottenfield shortly before the beginning of the 2000 season.

Throughout his career, Edmonds predominantly played center field. However, he played first base in stretches, usually as a result of injury to a starting first baseman, but sometimes simply to provide rest to regular position players, or to give another outfielder playing time. For instance, Edmonds made six starts at first when Albert Pujols suffered an oblique injury in June 2006.

Edmonds hit 30 or more home runs in five seasons, while maintaining a .284 career batting average, and knocked in 1,199 runs in his career. He also received eight Gold Glove Awards in his career at center field, most of them coming as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Three of Edmonds's most spectacular defensive plays came while on the Cardinals and the Angels. On June 10, 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, 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. During the 2004 NLCS against the Houston Astros, Edmonds made a diving, game-saving catch.

2004 season

Edmonds batting for the Cardinals in 2007
Edmonds batting for the Cardinals in 2007

The 2004 season was Edmonds' best season. He hit .301, had a .643 slugging percentage, 42 home runs, and 111 RBI; all but batting average were career highs. As a result, he earned a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove Award, and was fifth in the voting for the Most Valuable Player Award.

A defining moment of Edmonds' career came in the 2004 National League Championship Series, in which Edmonds hit a twelfth-inning home run to win Game 6. In Game 7, Edmonds made a spectacular defensive play in center, helping the Cardinals win the pennant.

During a Chicago Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field on July 19, 2004, pitcher Carlos Zambrano was ejected from the game for throwing at Edmonds. Zambrano screamed at Edmonds as he rounded the bases on a home run, earning Zambrano a five-game suspension.[5]

Edmonds, along with Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, earned the nickname "MV3" for their phenomenal 2004 seasons. Edmonds was on the cover of video game MLB Slugfest 2004.

After 2005

Edmonds batting for the Chicago Cubs in 2008.
Edmonds batting for the Chicago Cubs in 2008.

On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Edmonds was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2006, Edmonds helped the St. Louis Cardinals win their first World Series title since 1982 while having 13 total hits in the postseason with two home runs while batting in all 16 games.

Late in the 2006 season, Edmonds began having trouble with fielding that plagued the rest of his tenure with St. Louis. On June 21, he crashed into the wall of U.S. Cellular Field while playing against the Chicago White Sox trying to rob a homerun ball. Intermittent bouts of nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision followed in the next few weeks for him, particularly intensifying on diving attempts. Two months after the crash, he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.[6][7] He batted .252 in 117 games in 2007 while hitting 12 home runs with 53 runs batted in.

On December 14, 2007, Edmonds was traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for prospect David Freese. As part of the deal, the Cardinals also agreed to pay part of Edmonds' 2008 salary.[8] Edmonds' 241 home runs with the Cardinals are the fourth-most in franchise history.[9][10]

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, 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 in Chicago, but after joining the Cubs, he hit over .300 with 8 home runs in his first six weeks. On June 21, 2008, Edmonds hit two home runs in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox.

In 2010, Edmonds returned to the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 2010, Edmonds returned to the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Edmonds did not play in 2009 because he did not receive what he considered a good offer.[6] In January 2010, he announced his intention to return to the majors,[11] saying, "Last year was a mistake. I should have played somewhere."[6] On January 28, Edmonds signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers added him to the major league roster on March 25.[12]

On August 9, 2010, Edmonds was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Chris Dickerson. Both Edmonds and Dickerson had to clear waivers because the non-waiver trade deadline had already passed.[13]

On February 4, 2011, Edmonds signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals;[14] however, after continuing symptoms from a strained Achilles tendon suffered during the 2010 season, Edmonds officially announced his retirement from baseball on February 18, 2011.[15]

Broadcasting career

On March 14, 2013, Fox Sports Midwest announced the hiring of Jim Edmonds as a member of their St. Louis Cardinals broadcasting crew.[16] Edmonds would initially serve as an analyst during Cardinals Live pre-game and post-game broadcasts. He replaced former Cardinal pitcher Cal Eldred, who had served in the same role for FSM since 2009 and moved on to become a special assistant in the Cardinals organization.[16] Since 2016, Edmonds has alternated between the "Cardinals Live" studio role and serving as a color commentator in the booth for select games. Edmonds has expressed a desire to one day be a part of the Cardinals ownership group.[17]

Personal life

Edmonds has two daughters with his first wife, Lee Ann Horton. She died in 2015.[18]

Edmonds married Meghan O'Toole King on October 24, 2014. Meghan's sister is professional soccer player Julie King. Meghan joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2015. Edmonds himself also appears on the show. On Thanksgiving Day 2016, they had a daughter.[19] On November 27, 2017, it was announced that the couple were expecting twins boys together due June 2018.[20] The twin boys were born on June 5, 2018. On October 25, 2019, Edmonds filed for divorce from Meghan, the day after their fifth wedding anniversary.[21]

On March 28, 2020, it was revealed Edmonds had been hospitalized and was undergoing tests for COVID-19.[22] Edmonds later confirmed that he had fully recovered from the illness.[23]

Business ventures

After retiring from baseball, Edmonds remained in the St. Louis area for several years, where he was involved in the restaurant business.

In September 2013, Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse closed in St. Louis, of which he was a 50 percent owner and it was named for his jersey number.[24]

In December 2013, Edmonds and his business partner Mark Winfield reopened the Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse space as a restaurant called The Precinct.[25] The restaurant was dubbed "the safest bar in town" and also the "home of the hottest wings". The former claim, like the name of the restaurant itself, was a bid to become the hangout of choice of city police officers once they moved into their new headquarters just around the corner. Police-themed memorabilia shared space on the walls with framed Cardinals jerseys and flat-screen TVs.

Edmonds and Winfield continued to partner in the restaurant business with the opening of Winfield's Gathering Place in Kirkwood, Missouri, as a BBQ-style restaurant. It does not promote Edmonds' celebrity brand. In fact, there are no Edmonds, Cardinals or other sports memorabilia although there are televisions in both the dining room and the bar area for watching games.[26]

In May 2015, The Precinct closed.[27] On July 2, 2016, Winfield's Gathering Place closed.[28]


Edmonds' Cardinals Hall of Fame speech
Edmonds' Cardinals Hall of Fame speech

Edmonds' 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 1997 to 2005.

ESPN's Rob Neyer lists Edmonds as No. 12 of the top 100 players of the first decade of the 21st century due to his productivity at the plate and gold-glove skills in center field.[29]

On August 8, 2014, Edmonds was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. He was announced as a candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on November 9, 2015, but was removed from the ballot on January 6, 2016, after only receiving 2.5% of the vote in his first year of eligibility.[30]

See also


  1. ^ Miklasz, Bernie (August 11, 2006). "Jimmy Baseball delivers in clutch". Saint Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2006.
  2. ^ Hummel, Rick (February 6, 2014). "Jimmy Ballgame arrives". Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.
  3. ^ Friend, Tom (July 27, 1995). "A Real Angel in the Outfield; Hard-Hitting Edmonds Helps His Boyhood Favorites Contend in West". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Strauss, Joe (August 18, 2014). "Strauss: Edmonds welcomed into Hall of Fame as hometown hero". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Paul Carlos Zambrano's greatest fits Chicago Tribune, March 27, 2010 (accessed August 9, 2010)
  6. ^ a b c Rains, Rob (January 22, 2010). "Edmonds waits on Cardinals, will consider other team's offers". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Edmonds diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome". ESPN. August 17, 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  8. ^ Krasovic, Tom (December 14, 2007). "Padres acquiring Jim Edmonds in trade with Cardinals". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  9. ^ Leach, Matthew (December 15, 2007). "Cards deal icon Edmonds to Padres". Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  10. ^ "Padres to get Edmonds, cash from Cardinals for minor leaguer". ESPN. Associated Press. December 15, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Morosi, Jon Paul (January 19, 2010). "Edmonds open to several options". FOX Sports. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  12. ^ "Brewers add Edmonds to roster". USA Today. March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  13. ^ Sheldon, Mark Reds pick up Edmonds for playoff push, August 9, 2010 (accessed August 9, 2010)
  14. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch Cardinals sign Edmonds to minor-league deal Derrick Goold, February 4, 2011 (accessed February 4, 2011)
  15. ^ Hummel, Rick. Edmonds retires; foot injury doesn't respond St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Published February 18, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Edmonds joins Fox Sports Midwest". Fox Sports March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Jim Edmonds, future Cardinals owner". St. Louis Post-Dispatch via website. February 17, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  18. ^ Long, Danielle (June 14, 2019). "Did He Cheat? 'RHOC' Alum Meghan Edmonds' Husband Jim Admits 'Lapse In Judgement'". International Business Times. Jim also has two daughters with his late first wife, Lee Ann Horton, who died from cancer in 2015.
  19. ^ "Meghan King Edmonds". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  20. ^ Quinn, Dave (November 27, 2017). "Baby Boy on the Way for Meghan King Edmonds". People. United States: Time Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  21. ^ Bennett, Jessica (October 26, 2019). "Meghan King Edmonds and Jim Edmonds headed for divorce amid alleged affair with nanny". Page Six. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  22. ^ Ex-Cardinals Star Jim Edmonds Hospitalized, Undergoing Coronavirus Testing
  23. ^ "What is happening with Jim Edmonds?". JohnnyBet-NJ. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  24. ^ Halverson, Matthew 15 Things Your Should Know About Jim Edmonds' New Restaurant, October 2007 (accessed August 9, 2010)
  25. ^ Froeb, Ian (December 12, 2013). "Jim Edmonds takes another swing at the restaurant biz at the Precinct". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  26. ^ Froeb, Ian (April 17, 2015). "Jim Edmonds' new restaurant, Winfield's Gathering Place, is a barbecue joint in disguise". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  27. ^ Fenske, Sarah (June 2, 2015). "St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: May 2015". The Riverfront Times. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  28. ^ Mahe, George (June 23, 2016). "Winfield's Gathering Place Closing July 2". St. Louis Magazine. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  29. ^ Neyer, Rob (December 14, 2009). "Top 100 players of the decade". Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  30. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (November 9, 2015). "Junior, Hoffman highlight HOF ballot newcomers". Retrieved November 10, 2015.

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