Jim Edmonds had his first good year in 1995 and played 110 or more games almost every year through 2008. During this 14-year stretch, Edmonds hit .285/.380/.537 and his average year consisted of 130 games, 83 runs, 27 homers, 81 RBI, and 4 steals, and won seven Gold Glove Awards for his defense in centerfield.
So if you had your choice before the 1995 season and knew you would get these numbers, who would you want on your team?
60 IP, 38 SV, 2.62 ERA, 1.01 WHIP—Trevor Hoffman
130 G, 83 R, 27 HR, 81 RBI, 4 SB, .285 AVG, .380 OBP, .537 SLG—Jim Edmonds
To me, it has to be Jim Edmonds and it’s not even close.
And yet, 67.3% of the Baseball Hall of Fame voters put Hoffman on their ballots, while Edmonds had just 2.5% of the vote. Hoffman looks like a sure thing to make the Hall of Fame in the next few years and Edmonds is now off the ballot.