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Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 55 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

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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?

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 54 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Now this one is a beauty.  And I am not the collector that is typically mesmerized by shiny, refractor-style baseball card designs.

But, this one is very, very nice.

Have a look:

VINTAGE RAINES

The card features the 1982 Topps baseball card design, and a picture of a very young Tim Raines.

I will say that I am a little curious about the ‘faux auto’ presented on the card.  I have a few Tim Raines signatures in my collection, and have seen quite a few in my collecting days – and this one looks nothing like the real deal!!!!

I wonder if Topps was just missing it from their collection and asked one of the ladies in the office for a little help…

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Tim Raines!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Tim Raines!!!

Not counting any of the players that were on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013 for the first time, it is Tim Raines that I feel is the most deserving of Hall of Fame enshrinement among eligible players.

Unfortunately for him, his career has been overshadowed for two primary reasons. (1) Raines spent the first twelve seasons of his major league career playing in Montreal (2) He played at the same time that Rickey Henderson was revolutionizing the lead-off spot.

Still, even with those two obvious issues getting in the way of Raines being recognized properly by the BWAA, his career numbers are fantastic.  And they are on par with some of the best base runners of all-time.

Here is a quick comparison between Tim Raines, Rickey Henderson, and Lou Brock:

  Raines Henderson Brock
Seasons 23 25 19
Games 2,502 3,081 2,616
Hits 2,605 3,055 3,023
Doubles 430 510 486
Triples 113 66 141
Home Runs 170 297 149
200-Hit Seaons 0 0 4
Batting Average 0 0 0
.300 Seasons 9 8 9
On-Base % 0 0 0
Runs Scored 1,571 2,295 1,610
100-Run Seasons 6 13 7
Stolen Bases 808 1,406 938
100+ Steals Seasons 0 3 1
80-99 Steals Seasons 1 3 0
Caught Stealing 146 335 307
Success Rate 84.7% 80.8% 75.3%
Strikeouts 966 1,694 1,730
Walks 1,330 2,190 761
All-Star 7 10 6
Batting Titles 1 0 0
Gold Gloves 0 1 0
Silver Sluggers 1 3 0
MVP 0 1 0
Postseasons 5 8 3
World Series Wins 1 2 2

Clearly, there are parts of the game in which Rickey Henderson is heads and shoulders above these other two players, all of baseball for that matter.

But, when you look at other aspects of the game, like on-base percentage, stolen base success rate, Raines holds his own with these two Hall of Famers.

Also, take a look at the number of times Raines struck out over the course of his career compared to both Henderson and Brock – he was supremely disciplined at the plate; just what you want from your lead-off hitter.

Raines photo

1980’s baseball is the foundation of my love for the sport.  I watched Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson change the way that the game was played from the lead-0ff position.  I could not imagine how players from the 1990’s and 2000’s would have played the game had it not been for what Raines and Henderson contributed to the game.

Sadly, Lou Brock retired from the sport when I was just six years old.  I never got to see the impact he made on the game, just read about it.

Taking all of that into consideration, and having a very strong passion for the history of the game, I would never say that Tim Raines was better than either of these two Hall of Famers.  But, he can be compared to them.  And for the most part, he can hold his own when being judged in many of the fields that make for an elite lead-off hitter.

So, yes, I am very surprised by the lack of support Raines gets from the BWAA.  Garnering just 52.2% of the vote that he picked up in his sixth year of eligibility.

What do you think?  Does Tim Raines deserve to be elected into the Hall of Fame?  Does he belong at Cooperstown with the other players that helped define baseball of the 1980’s?

Let me know your opinion.  Cast your vote for Tim Raines now!!

Consider this my vote, YES!!!

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1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!