Jim Edmonds announces retirement

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, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jim Edmonds has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 17 seasons.

The 40-year-old Edmonds had signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, but an Achilles tendon injury has forced the perennial Gold Glove outfielder to end his career.

"After speaking with Dr. [George] Paletta and a number of doctors about the potential risk of future permanent damage, I have decided to retire," said Edmonds. "Although I feel that I can still play and contribute, the risk of permanent injury is too much for me to chance. As much as I regret this announcement, I feel that it is for the best."

Edmonds was selected in the seventh round of the 1988 draft by the Angels, with whom he had seven productive years, highlighted by the first of eight straight Gold Glove awards in 2007.

He was traded to the Cardinals before the 2000 campaign and was fourth in the National League's Most Valuable Player voting that year after hitting 42 home runs with 108 runs batted and a .411 on-base percentage.

Edmonds knocked in at least 83 runs in his first six seasons in St. Louis and helped the club win the World Series in 2006. He is ranked fourth on the Cardinals' all-time list for home runs (241) and first in postseason games (61).

"We are disappointed that Jim could not continue playing," said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. "When he decided to give it one more try with the Cardinals, we were pleased to give him the opportunity. Having had the privilege of watching him from 2000-07, we certainly appreciate his great career. The entire Cardinals organization wishes Jim and his family the very best in retirement and we hope to see him around the ballpark."

The four-time All-Star split time with the Cubs and Padres in 2008, sat out the next season, and played for the Brewers and Reds last year.

Edmonds finished as a career .284 hitter with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBI and a .376 OBP.


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