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James Patrick "Jim" Edmonds (born <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22June%2027%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22June%2027%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BJune%2027%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/June_27" title="June 27">June 27</a>, <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%221970%22%2C%22link%22%3A%221970%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5B1970%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/1970" title="1970">1970</a> in <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Fullerton%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Fullerton%2C%20California%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BFullerton%2C%20California%7CFullerton%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Fullerton,_California&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Fullerton, California (page does not exist)">Fullerton</a>, <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22California%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22California%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BCalifornia%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=California&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="California (page does not exist)">California</a>) is a <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22left-handed%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Left-handedness%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BLeft-handedness%7Cleft-handed%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Left-handedness" title="Left-handedness">left-handed</a> <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22center%20fielder%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22center%20fielder%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bcenter%20fielder%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Center_fielder" title="Center fielder">center fielder</a> for the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Chicago%20Cubs%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Chicago%20Cubs%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BChicago%20Cubs%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Chicago_Cubs" title="Chicago Cubs">Chicago Cubs</a>. Edmonds has also played for the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22California%5C%2FAnaheim%20Angels%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Los%20Angeles%20Angels%20of%20Anaheim%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BLos%20Angeles%20Angels%20of%20Anaheim%7CCalifornia%5C%2FAnaheim%20Angels%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Los_Angeles_Angels_of_Anaheim" title="Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim">California/Anaheim Angels</a>, the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSt.%20Louis%20Cardinals%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals" title="St. Louis Cardinals">St. Louis Cardinals</a>, the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Milwaukee%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22San%20Diego%20Padres%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSan%20Diego%20Padres%7CMilwaukee%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/San_Diego_Padres" title="San Diego Padres">Milwaukee</a> Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. Cardinals fans affectionately know him as Jimmy Baseball,<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22ext%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%3Cref%3E%7B%7Bcite%20news%7Curl%3Dhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.stltoday.com%5C%2Fstltoday%5C%2Fsports%5C%2Fcolumnists.nsf%5C%2Fberniemiklasz%5C%2Fstory%5C%2F20AB657D969219BE862571C700131F87%3FOpenDocument%7Ctitle%3D%27Jimmy%20Baseball%27%20delivers%20in%20clutch%7Cauthor%3DMiklasz%2C%20Bernie%7Cpublisher%3D%5B%5BSaint%20Louis%20Post-Dispatch%5D%5D%7Cdate%3D%5B%5BAugust%2011%5D%5D%2C%20%5B%5B2006%5D%5D%7Caccessdate%3D2006-11-12%7D%7D%3C%5C%2Fref%3E%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-ext" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="ext" /> Jimmy Ballgame, "<a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Lassie%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Lassie%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BLassie%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Lassie&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Lassie (page does not exist)">Lassie</a>" and as "<a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Hollywood%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Hollywood%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BHollywood%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Hollywood&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Hollywood (page does not exist)">Hollywood</a>."<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22ext%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%3Cref%3E%7B%7Bcite%20news%7Curl%3Dhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fsports.aol.com%5C%2Fmlb%5C%2Fplayoffs%5C%2F_a%5C%2Fhollywood-edmonds-comes-through%5C%2F20061025001709990001%7Ctitle%3D%27Hollywood%27%20Edmonds%20Comes%20Through%7Cauthor%3DFallstrom%2C%20R.B.%7Cpublisher%3D%5B%5BAssociated%20Press%5D%5D%7Cdate%3D%5B%5BOctober%2025%5D%5D%2C%20%5B%5B2006%5D%5D%7Caccessdate%3D2006-11-11%7D%7D%3C%5C%2Fref%3E%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-ext" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="ext" />

Early in his Major League career the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22California%20Angels%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Los%20Angeles%20Angels%20of%20Anaheim%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BLos%20Angeles%20Angels%20of%20Anaheim%7CCalifornia%20Angels%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Los_Angeles_Angels_of_Anaheim" title="Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim">California Angels</a> selected Edmonds in the seventh round of the <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C1988%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" /> <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22draft%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Major%20League%20Baseball%20Draft%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMajor%20League%20Baseball%20Draft%7Cdraft%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_Draft" title="Major League Baseball Draft">draft</a>. Edmonds was traded from Anaheim to St. Louis for second baseman <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Adam%20Kennedy%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Adam%20Kennedy%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BAdam%20Kennedy%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Adam_Kennedy" title="Adam Kennedy">Adam Kennedy</a> and pitcher <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Kent%20Bottenfield%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Kent%20Bottenfield%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BKent%20Bottenfield%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Kent_Bottenfield&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Kent Bottenfield (page does not exist)">Kent Bottenfield</a> shortly before the beginning of the <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2000%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" /> season. His fielding ability has earned him recognition from Major League coaches and managers, who voted him a <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Rawlings%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Rawlings%20%28company%29%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BRawlings%20%28company%29%7CRawlings%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Rawlings_(company)&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Rawlings (company) (page does not exist)">Rawlings</a> <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Gold%20Glove%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Rawlings%20Gold%20Glove%20Award%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BRawlings%20Gold%20Glove%20Award%7CGold%20Glove%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Rawlings_Gold_Glove_Award&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Rawlings Gold Glove Award (page does not exist)">Gold Glove</a> winner eight times in nine seasons from <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C1998%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" /> to <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2005%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" />.

<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22image%22%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BImage%3AJim%20Edmonds%20at%20the%20plate.jpg%7Cthumb%7Cright%7C200px%7CEdmonds%20batting%20for%20the%20Cardinals%20in%202006%5D%5D%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Jim_Edmonds_at_the_plate.jpg%22%2C%22params%22%3A%7B%22thumbnail%22%3Atrue%2C%22align%22%3A%22right%22%2C%22caption%22%3A%22Edmonds%20batting%20for%20the%20Cardinals%20in%202006%22%2C%22width%22%3A200%2C%22captionParsed%22%3A%22Edmonds%20batting%20for%20the%20Cardinals%20in%202006%22%7D%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" alt="" src="200px-Jim_Edmonds_at_the_plate.jpg" width="200" height="296" class="image thumb alignRight withCaption" type="image" /> <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22image%22%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BImage%3AJim%20Edmonds%20Padres.jpg%7Cthumb%7Cright%7C200px%7CEdmonds%20with%20the%20Padres%20in%202008%20spring%20training.%5D%5D%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Jim_Edmonds_Padres.jpg%22%2C%22params%22%3A%7B%22thumbnail%22%3Atrue%2C%22align%22%3A%22right%22%2C%22caption%22%3A%22Edmonds%20with%20the%20Padres%20in%202008%20spring%20training.%22%2C%22width%22%3A200%2C%22captionParsed%22%3A%22Edmonds%20with%20the%20Padres%20in%202008%20spring%20training.%22%7D%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" alt="" src="200px-Jim_Edmonds_Padres.jpg" width="200" height="250" class="image thumb alignRight withCaption" type="image" />

Playing career

Throughout his career, Edmonds has played <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22first%20base%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22first%20baseman%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bfirst%20baseman%7Cfirst%20base%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/First_baseman" title="First baseman">first base</a> 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Albert%20Pujols%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Albert%20Pujols%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BAlbert%20Pujols%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Albert_Pujols" title="Albert Pujols">Albert Pujols</a> suffering an oblique injury in June of the <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2006%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" /> season, Edmonds made six starts at first.

Edmonds has hit 30 or more <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22home%20run%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22home%20run%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bhome%20run%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Home_run" title="Home run">home runs</a> in five seasons, while maintaining a .285 career <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22batting%20average%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22batting%20average%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bbatting%20average%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Batting_average" title="Batting average">batting average</a>, and has knocked in over 1,140 runs in his career. He has also received eight <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Gold%20Glove%20Award%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Gold%20Glove%20Award%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BGold%20Glove%20Award%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Gold_Glove_Award" title="Gold Glove Award">Gold Glove Awards</a> in his career at <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22center%20field%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22center%20fielder%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bcenter%20fielder%7Ccenter%20field%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Center_fielder" title="Center fielder">center field</a>, most of them coming as a member of the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSt.%20Louis%20Cardinals%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals" title="St. Louis Cardinals">St. Louis Cardinals</a>.

Two of Edmonds' most spectacular defensive plays came while on the Cardinals and the Angels. In June <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C1997%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" />, while playing center field for the Anaheim Angels, Edmonds ran straight back towards the center field wall of <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Kauffman%20Stadium%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Kauffman%20Stadium%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BKauffman%20Stadium%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Kauffman_Stadium" title="Kauffman Stadium">Kauffman Stadium</a> in <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Kansas%20City%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Kansas%20City%2C%20Missouri%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BKansas%20City%2C%20Missouri%7CKansas%20City%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Kansas_City,_Missouri&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Kansas City, Missouri (page does not exist)">Kansas City</a>, 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22July%2016%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22July%2016%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BJuly%2016%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/July_16" title="July 16">July 16</a>, <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2004%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" />, while covering center field against Reds batter <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Jason%20LaRue%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Jason%20LaRue%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BJason%20LaRue%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Jason_LaRue&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Jason LaRue (page does not exist)">Jason LaRue</a>. 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%222004%20National%20League%20Championship%20Series%22%2C%22link%22%3A%222004%20National%20League%20Championship%20Series%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5B2004%20National%20League%20Championship%20Series%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=2004_National_League_Championship_Series&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="2004 National League Championship Series (page does not exist)">2004 National League Championship Series</a>, 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Mother%27s%20Day%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Mother%27s%20Day%20%28United%20States%29%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMother%27s%20Day%20%28United%20States%29%7CMother%27s%20Day%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Mother%27s_Day_(United_States)&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Mother's Day (United States) (page does not exist)">Mother's Day</a>, <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22May%2014%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22May%2014%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMay%2014%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/May_14" title="May 14">May 14</a>, 2006, Edmonds was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22pink%20bat%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22pink%20bat%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bpink%20bat%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Pink_bat&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Pink bat (page does not exist)">pink bat</a> to benefit the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22external%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Breast%20Cancer%20Foundation%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22http%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.komen.org%22%2C%22linktype%22%3A%22text%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5Bhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.komen.org%20Breast%20Cancer%20Foundation%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="http://www.komen.org" class="external text" rel="nofollow">Breast Cancer Foundation</a>. In 2006, Edmonds helped the <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSt.%20Louis%20Cardinals%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals" title="St. Louis Cardinals">St. Louis Cardinals</a> win their first <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22World%20Series%22%2C%22link%22%3A%222006%20World%20Series%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5B2006%20World%20Series%7CWorld%20Series%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/2006_World_Series" title="2006 World Series">World Series</a> title since <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%221982%22%2C%22link%22%3A%221982%20World%20Series%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5B1982%20World%20Series%7C1982%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/1982_World_Series" title="1982 World Series">1982</a> while contributing 4 RBI.

Edmonds, along with <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Albert%20Pujols%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Albert%20Pujols%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BAlbert%20Pujols%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Albert_Pujols" title="Albert Pujols">Albert Pujols</a> and <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Scott%20Rolen%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Scott%20Rolen%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BScott%20Rolen%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Scott_Rolen" title="Scott Rolen">Scott Rolen</a>, earned the nickname <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22MV3%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22MV3%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMV3%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=MV3&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="MV3 (page does not exist)">MV3</a> for their phenomenal 2004 seasons.

Edmonds was on the cover of <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22MLB%20Slugfest%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22MLB%20Slugfest%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMLB%20Slugfest%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=MLB_Slugfest&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="MLB Slugfest (page does not exist)">MLB Slugfest</a> 2004.

On <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22December%2015%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22December%2015%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BDecember%2015%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/December_15" title="December 15">December 15</a>, <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2007%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" />, 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' <img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22double-brackets%22%2C%22lineStart%22%3A%22%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22by%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%7B%7Bby%7C2008%7D%7D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-double-brackets" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="double-brackets" /> salary.<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22ext%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%3Cref%3E%5Bhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.signonsandiego.com%5C%2Fsports%5C%2Fpadres%5C%2F20071214-1851-bn14padres.html%20SignOnSanDiego.com%20%3E%20San%20Diego%20Padres%20-%20Padres%20acquiring%20Jim%20Edmonds%20in%20trade%20with%20Cardinals%3C%21--%20Bot%20generated%20title%20--%3E%5D%3C%5C%2Fref%3E%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-ext" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="ext" /> Edmonds' 241 home runs with the Cardinals are the fourth-most in franchise history.<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22ext%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%3Cref%3E%5Bhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fstlouis.cardinals.mlb.com%5C%2Fnews%5C%2Farticle.jsp%3Fymd%3D20071215%26content_id%3D2327183%26vkey%3Dnews_stl%26fext%3D.jsp%26c_id%3Dstl%20The%20Official%20Site%20of%20The%20St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%3A%20News%3A%20St.%20Louis%20Cardinals%20News%3C%21--%20Bot%20generated%20title%20--%3E%5D%3C%5C%2Fref%3E%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-ext" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="ext" />

On <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22May%209%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22May%209%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMay%209%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/May_9" title="May 9">May 9</a>, 2008, the Padres released him after hitting only .178 with one home run in 90 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22at%20bat%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22at%20bat%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5Bat%20bat%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/At_bat" title="At bat">at bats</a>. Worse than his hitting statistics, was his inability to play center field anymore. In the first month of the season, Edmonds failure to catch routine balls that any center fielder should have caught and his slow approaches to balls in the gap where he turned routine singles into doubles and triples were the primary reason for his release. Since the Cardinals had agreed to pay the majority of his contact in exchange for the Padres taking over the rest of it, the financial cost to the Padres of the bad trade were not as great as commonly believed.

On <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22May%2014%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22May%2014%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMay%2014%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/May_14" title="May 14">May 14</a>, 2008, the Chicago Cubs, in need of a left-handed bat to platoon in center with <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Reed%20Johnson%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Reed%20Johnson%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BReed%20Johnson%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Reed_Johnson" title="Reed Johnson">Reed Johnson</a>, 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Friendly%20Confines%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Wrigley%20Field%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BWrigley%20Field%7CFriendly%20Confines%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Wrigley_Field" title="Wrigley Field">Friendly Confines</a>, 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 <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Chicago%20White%20Sox%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Chicago%20White%20Sox%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BChicago%20White%20Sox%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Chicago_White_Sox" title="Chicago White Sox">Chicago White Sox</a>, becoming only the third Cubs player, (<a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Sammy%20Sosa%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Sammy%20Sosa%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSammy%20Sosa%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Sammy_Sosa" title="Sammy Sosa">Sammy Sosa</a> and <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Mark%20Bellhorn%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Mark%20Bellhorn%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BMark%20Bellhorn%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/Mark_Bellhorn" title="Mark Bellhorn">Mark Bellhorn</a>) to hit two home runs in the same inning.

Personal

Edmonds has four kids: Lauren and Hayley from his first marriage and a son Landon and daughter Sutton with his wife, Allyson Raski, whom he married on <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22July%2016%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22July%2016%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Atrue%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BJuly%2016%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/wiki/July_16" title="July 16">July 16</a>, 2008 in <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22Clayton%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22Clayton%2C%20Missouri%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BClayton%2C%20Missouri%7CClayton%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=Clayton,_Missouri&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Clayton, Missouri (page does not exist)">Clayton</a>. The ceremony was performed by <a data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22internal%22%2C%22text%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20County%22%2C%22link%22%3A%22St.%20Louis%20County%2C%20Missouri%22%2C%22wasblank%22%3Afalse%2C%22noforce%22%3Atrue%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%5B%5BSt.%20Louis%20County%2C%20Missouri%7CSt.%20Louis%20County%5D%5D%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" href="/index.php?title=St._Louis_County,_Missouri&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="St. Louis County, Missouri (page does not exist)">St. Louis County</a> Judge Michael T. Jamison.<img data-rte-meta="%7B%22type%22%3A%22ext%22%2C%22placeholder%22%3A1%2C%22wikitext%22%3A%22%3Cref%3E%7B%7Bcite%20web%20%7Curl%3Dhttp%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.stltoday.com%5C%2Fstltoday%5C%2Fsports%5C%2Fstories.nsf%5C%2Fcardinals%5C%2Fstory%5C%2F385D6E451CE725FC86257489001A4658%3FOpenDocument%20%7Ctitle%3DFormer%20Cardinal%20Edmonds%20marries%20in%20Clayton%20%7Caccessdate%3D2008-07-22%20%7Clast%3DLhotka%20%7Cfirst%3DWilliam%20C.%20%7Cdate%3D07-17-2008%20%7Cpublisher%3DSt.%20Louis%20Post-Dispatch%7D%7D%3C%5C%2Fref%3E%22%7D" data-rte-instance="560-2852960264ec46a20a9e4d" class="placeholder placeholder-ext" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIABAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw%3D%3D" type="ext" />

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