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December 29, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Tim Raines

Fourth Year on Ballot  (30.4%)

PLAYING CAREER: Montreal Expos (1979–1990), Chicago White Sox (1991–1995), New York Yankees (1996–1998), Oakland Athletics (1999), Montreal Expos (2001), Baltimore Orioles (2001) and Florida Marlins (2002)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .294 with 2605 hits and 1571 runs scored.  Hit .300 or better seven times.  Led the National League in batting with a .334 average in 1986.  808 career stolen bases (fifth all-time) with an 85% success rate.  Led National League in stolen bases four times and twice in runs scored.  Put together six seasons with more than 100 runs scored.  Seven-straight All-Star selections (1981-1987) and two World Series championships (1996 and 1998).  Had number retired by Montreal Expos and holds their team record for runs scored, triples and stolen bases.


@tomkrasovic:  Tim Raines always gets my vote for the Hall of Fame

@dougdrot:  I am usually generous on Baseball Hal of Fame but just can't say yes to Tim Raines. He was more Vince Coleman that Ricky Henderson.

@Sky_Kalkman:  I put Tim Raines in the Hall, but I think he's also a bit overrated by a segment of the saber community. You know, THOSE guys.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  I always kinda thought that Raines was one of the best out there. Along with Rickey Henderson, there were really only two guys you would want to lead off for you. With a nice peak throughout the 80s, 2605 career hits, a .294 batting average and 808 steals, Raines is the kind of guy that, frankly, should get more votes than he has.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How do you write about Tim Raines without mentioning on-base percentage?