No. 1 worst Hall of Fame snub in LA Angels history: Jim Edmonds
Unlike Grich, Jim Edmonds would not have gone into the Hall of Fame as a member of the LA Angels. Like Grich, he absolutely should be in Cooperstown. Debate a wall.
Edmonds was FILTHY on defense, patrolling center field better than almost anyone ever. Totaling eight Gold Gloves, Edmonds had the achievements to prove it. Hitting .284/.376/.527 (.903 OPS), he was also terrific swinging the bat.
I have no idea what the voters didn't see. This is the same guy who averaged 32 home runs and 101 runs per 162 games with top-tier defense. He had a complete skillset, yet is still looked over.
Recording a 132 OPS+, he had an on-base percentage of .410 or higher four times in his 17-year ride in the big leagues. Winning a World Series title in 2006, he was a winner too.
I sincerely can't figure out how he's not in. It's not like he was a slouch in the postseason. He hit .274/.361/.513 (.874 OPS) with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 64 games of October baseball.
Those are fantastic numbers.
For whatever reasons, none of these guys have plaques in Cooperstown. This should not be the case, but it's what we're looking at. At least we know our Angels have a sure-fire three-time AL MVP who will 100% be inducted when it's his time.