Jim Edmonds made a definite improvement as a hitter in leaving Anaheim and going to St. Louis. I tried to find out why he had such a noticeable improvement but can’t find out why. It seems a little suspicious as he his baseball age was 30 the first year he was in St. Louis. Interesting while a solid fielding centerfielder Baseball Reference doesn’t consider him a very good base runner. He must have been quick not fast, or he made a lot of baserunning errors.
At age 36 Edmonds faded to become an average to below average player. His managers noticed as his playing time was reduce. It happens to us all eventually.
Easily the biggest hit in Jim Edmonds career was in game 6 of the NL Championship Series. With St. Louis down 3 games to 2. Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th to force game 7, which the Cardinals won to go to the World Series.