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7. Tim Raines

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Tim Raines

It is very easy to forget just how good Tim “Rock” Raines was.  His best seasons were in the 1980’s in the baseball wasteland of Montreal where he put up All Star caliber numbers and was amongst the best on the base paths.  As Raines played in the same era as the eccentric and attention grabbing Rickey Henderson, his prolific base stealing was not as celebrated as much as it should have been.

Tim Raines was not just a base stealer; he was a smart base stealer.  He finished his career with base stealing percentage of 84.7 which is the highest among any player who swiped 300.  To get so many steals, you have to get on base.  Raines was a very good contact hitter and even won a batting title.  Subsequently, he had a great eye and knew how to get on base via the walk.  With a touch of power, Tim Raines was everything you wanted in a leadoff hitter.

What works against Tim Raines is a cocaine admission in 1982 and the fact that his role in two Yankees World Series championships was limited at best.  Raines was a great player, but may not have the overall career to make it in.  His percentage numbers will likely increase year to year from the voting committee but could still fall short when the fifteen years are up.





The Bullet Points:


Country of Origin:

Sanford, Florida, U.S.A.


Eligible Since:






Played for:

Montreal Expos

Chicago White Sox

New York Yankees

Oakland A’s

Baltimore Orioles

Florida Marlins


Major Accolades and Awards:

1987 All Star Game MVP

7 Time All Star (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 & 1987)

Batting Title (1) (NL) (1986)

Silver Slugger (1) (NL) (1986)

Highest On Base Percentage (1) (NL) (1986)

Most Runs (2) (NL) (1983 & 1987)

Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1984)

Most Stolen Bases (4) (NL) (1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)

World Series Rings (2) (New York Yankees, 1996 & 1998)


Other Points of Note:

Top Ten MVP Finishes:

(NL: 1983, 5th), (NL: 1986 6th) & (NL: 1987, 7th)

4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)

7 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)

1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)

8 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)

6 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)

3 Top Ten Finishes (Most Doubles)

9 Top Ten Finishes (Most Triples)

6 Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)

11 Top Ten Finishes: (Most Stolen Bases)

7 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)

4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)


Notable All Time Rankings:

5.     Stolen Bases: 808

34.   Walks: 1,330

50.   Runs:  1,571

51.   Games Played: 2,502

55.   Plate Appearances: 10,359

74.   Hits: 2,605

82.   WAR for Position Players: 64.6

88.   At Bats: 8,872


Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

2008: 24.3

2009: 22.6

2010: 30.4

2011: 37.5


Should Be Inducted As A:

Montreal Expo

Should Tim Raines be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 75%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.2%


+4 #1 markj111 -0001-11-29 19:00
He is so overly qualified it's ridiculous. His numbers are as good as Gwynn's-jus t substitute his walks for Gwynn's singles. He was a terror on the base paths.
-6 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-29 19:00
Ten years ago, I was in a technical writing program and one of my courses had the assignment of writing a "feasibili ty report"
-1 #3 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 04:43
Fell off the face of the earth after Les Expos.

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