Since his arrival to the Cardinals in 2000, Jim Edmonds has been a fan favorite and a definite St. Louis Legend. Known for his amazing range, defense, and arm Jimmy could also use the bat. In his 8 years with the Cardinals, Edmonds hit 241 home runs (which ranks 4th in franchise history) and drove in 713.
Edmonds career was highlighted though by his “Web-Jims.” Edmonds won a Gold Glove 6 times with the Cardinals, making several plays that would be considered some of the greatest all time. One of these was a game saving catch in game 7 of the 2004 NLCS against the Houston Astros. His clutch catch and clutch bat would eventually bring the Cardinals to the World Series for the first time since 1987. Though, the Cardinals would be swept by the miracle Red Sox in the Series, the 2004 Cardinals led by the MV3 (Edmonds, Pujols, and Rolen) will go down as one of the best Cardinals teams in franchise history.
Edmonds was also part of the very lucky 2006 Cardinals World Championship, which would be the tenth in franchise history and the only World Series that Edmonds would win in his career. After a slow 2007, Edmonds would be traded for then minor leaguer David Freese. This would be a good trade for the Cardinals as the Padres would go on to release Edmonds after a slow start. Then, a shock to Cardinal Nation Edmonds signed with the Chicago Cubs where he would help them reach the playoffs in 2008. After missing the 2009 season Edmonds would make a return in 2010 playing with the Brewers and Reds, where he would have a career ending injury.
In 2011, Edmonds signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals to make a possible return, but after not recovering from injury Edmonds retired with the franchise that he loved, and the franchise that the players loved him.