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In all seriousness, this seems kinda beneath the Cardinals. Do the Yankees have a team HOF? Red Sox? I think of the Cardinals in that level, not the kind of franchise that needs a venue for celebrating the Willie McGees of the world.
Edmonds was a polarizing figure because of his strikeouts
WTF? Edmonds put together a run from 2000-2005, offensively and defensively, that very few centerfielders in history have been able to top - think Mays, Mantle, Cobb, Speaker, maybe DiMaggio. That's about it. That's quite an elite group. To even be in the same conversation as these guys means Edmonds wasn't just good, he was truly exceptional.
Willie McGee is an odd phenomenon. He is still wildly popular in STL, way above his playing ability. I think that some of that is that the Cards looted him from the Yankees, so that felt good, and then he was, really, the last piece that Whitey Herzog needed, since the Cards didn't really have another CF candidate after trading Tony Scott (who could not hit, but at least could play CF).
And a bunch of Cardinals fans have a problem with Edmonds because he struck out a lot?
WTF? Edmonds put together a run from 2000-2005, offensively and defensively, that very few centerfielders in history have been able to top - think Mays, Mantle, Cobb, Speaker, maybe DiMaggio. That's about it.
No, they don't. This is simply part and parcel of cfb's boring schtick that all other Cards fans are STUPID IDIOTS who are always just a few Budweisers away from forming a lynch mob, hanging poor persecuted TLR from the Arch, and changing the constitution to make calculation of WAR a capital offense.
That Sox Hall of Fame doesn't have Jim Rice listed as a HoFer. Do they only induct players eligible for the HoF? I can't believe that Mo Vaughn would be in and Nomaaaaah wouldn't.
3. there is absolutely a Whitey Herzog Cthulu level of worship in St Louis, in which fans look at Whitey as the greatest manager of all time, even though, he put out about 4 out of 8 seasons of .500 ball....but heck the self serving son of a #####, by his own admission is the greatest manager in baseball history... and Cardinal fans have a sheeple level of naivete to believe that...
Rice was elected the year they opened in. Are you looking at the right place
I like Edmonds a lot, but this is overstating things a fair amount. There's no maybe about DiMaggio, for one thing. You've also left off Griffey who was easily better over the whole 90s than Edmonds was at his peak. I'd also favorably compare Duke Snider and Andruw Jones. And actually, Kenny Lofton from 92-99 is certainly in the same ballpark. Of current guys, McCutchen is a decent bet to put up a better peak than Edmonds and Trout is a VERY good bet.
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