Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Tim Raines’ Vote Tally From His 7th Ballot

Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Tim Raines’ Vote Tally From His 7th Ballot

When the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame voting was announced, I was pretty eager to see how Tim Raines’ vote went after the shutout from 2013′s voting.

And after achieving 52.2% of the vote in 2013, I was hoping that Raines would creep up to 60% with the vote from 2014.

But, the opposite happened – he dropped.  From 297 votes to 263.  For Tim Raines, and his fans, this is not a good sign.

Raines is one of the most accomplished offensive players left on the Hall of Fame ballot, but he has some serious competition from his peers.  Guys like Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell are all taking votes from him.  And as long as players like Edgar Martinez and Alan Trammell remain on the ballot, they too will take votes from Raines.

Will his vote tallies over the next 7-8 years increase enough for him to gain the needed 75% for enshrinement?  Sadly, it is not looking good.

Raines has never seen a ‘big bump’ in votes on any of his ballots.  And between the solid competition for votes that he is currently facing, and with some of the names on the horizon that will surely grab votes and attention, Raines may be instantly thrown into a Dale Murphy or Jack Morris position – highly respected, but not elected.

Tim Raines

What do you think?  Will a big bump in votes head his way in the coming years or are there too many qualified players on the ballot for him to truly make a move toward 75%?

What are your thoughts?

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2 responses to “Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Tim Raines’ Vote Tally From His 7th Ballot

  1. I think if the BBWAA members pulls their heads of their asses they will vote him, but that may be a huge challenge for some of the BBWAA members.

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