OF: Jim Edmonds
The Numbers: 60.3 WAR, 51.4 JAWS, .284/.376/.527, 393 HR, 1,199 RBI, Eight Gold Gloves
No one is really going to lose all that much sleep if Jim Edmonds is not in the Hall of Fame. He did not even crack 2,000 hits in his 17-year career. However, he was one of the best defensive players in the league during his career and certainly deserved better than being a one-and-done candidate. Edmonds played transcendent defense during his career and was on two St. Louis Cardinals teams that reached the World Series, hoisting the trophy in 2006.
Overall, his offensive numbers just do not qualify as Hall-worthy numbers. It’s true that Edmonds does have better offensive numbers than quite a few center fielders already enshrined, but you have to compare him to players in his own era. In that regard, Edmonds is just a bit short. Edmonds and Lofton will combine to effectively neutralize two-thirds of the outfield for the Hall of Very Good’s starting lineup.