Jim Edmonds, 1998
Stats: .307/.368/.506/.874, 25 HR, 91 RBI, 184 H, 115 R, 123 OPS+
Awards: Gold Glove
Baseball Reference WAR: 4.7
FanGraphs WAR: 4.0
Combined WAR: 4.35
Defensively, Jim Edmonds is one of the greatest center fielders in MLB history. He won eight Gold Gloves and made a number of highlight reel catches. He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Angels. Today, we’ll be looking back at his 1998 season, his second to last year in Anaheim.
From a pure hitting standpoint, it was the best season of Edmunds’ career. He had 184 hits, which was the most he’d have for any season. His .307 average was the second best of his career. Edmonds also finished the year with 42 doubles, a career-best as well. In addition to having an overall incredible hitting season, he also added 25 homers and 91 RBI. Yet, Edmonds was somehow not selected to the All-Star team.
Edmonds was the best hitter in all of baseball for the month of May. In 26 games, he hit .373/.423/.725/1.149. He had eight home runs, drove in 21 runs and scored 20 as well. In the 26 games played he had a total of 38 hits. A great month like this, and he didn’t receive Player of the Month honors. It makes you wonder, what did Edmonds ever do to the voters?
Over his final 31 games, Edmonds hit .350 with an OPS of over 1.000, while hitting seven homers and driving in 25.
As many know, he was unreal with the glove. He took home his second career Gold Glove Award for his stellar play in center field. Edmonds had 10 outfield assists and his fielding percentage was just under 99 percent.