I guess I'm the only one here who thought Jim "dive for balls that you should already be under" Edmonds was a tad overrated. Was he good? Of course, but I never thought he was all that.
It IS disappointing because I know that they won't replace him with anyone worth a shit.
I don't think Edmonds was overrated. He was an excellent outfielder who was able to play insanely shallow to take away a lot of bloop hits, yet he was able to get back on the deep balls as well.
And as far as his excessive diving goes, if you've ever played outfield, you know that when a ball is hit to you there is a distance you can get from a fly ball where it's too close to dive for so you reach out for it...you think you can reach and catch it, but it's just out of your reach and you miss it.
The same thing happens to infielders...they range over for a ball, reach out for it, not dive and JUST miss it. Too close to dive for but not close enough to reach.
Edmonds was very good at not getting caught in that middle ground. And he would sometimes let up a couple steps before diving for a ball.
I'm not saying he never showboated, but most of the time it seemed to be a timing thing...not showboating.
And to be honest, as weird as it sounds...it's sometimes easier to leave your feet and catch a ball, than it is to try and stay on your feet and reach for it. You don't have the jarring up and down motion from running to contend with when reaching out for the ball.
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