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Jim Edmonds Off Hall-of-Fame Ballot After One Year

Eight-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder Jim Edmonds on Wednesday received a paltry 2.5 percent of National Baseball Hall of Fame votes in his first year of eligibility.
Edmonds will no longer be eligible for the Hall of Fame as he did not hit the five percent of votes needed to remain on the ballot.
Before 2016, four of the five players who had gone through Hall of Fame voting with eight or more Gold Gloves and 393 or more career home runs had been elected in. Barry Bonds was the fifth. Edmonds makes the sixth player with such numbers, but the first to be eliminated from the ballot completely.
As Brian Hoffman notes, Edmonds had the 6th highest WAR among position players between 1995 and 2006.

From 95-06, Jim Edmonds had the 6th highest WAR among position players. Tied with Thome, higher than Bagwell, Pudge, Jeter and Guerrero

— Brian Hoffman (@b_hoffman11) January 6, 2016

Upon Edmonds’ retirement, there were only 64 players since 1901 with more plate appearances and at least a 132 OPS+, according to Baseball Reference.
Related – 2014 Archives: Peter Gammons discusses Edmonds’ Hall-of-Fame credentials
Out of those 64, 35 are Hall-of-Famers and several others are in the discussion. Another 18 Hall-Of-Famers had less plate appearances.
His 393 career home runs are 56th on the all-time list and he’s 50th in slugging percentage.
The detractors, however, will say his other ancillary batting numbers aren’t Hall-of-Fame material. His RBI total is good for 148th all time, while his walk total is 121st.