Every year, we here at Notinhalloffame.com champion former Montreal Expos Outfielder, Tim Raines, as a bona fide Baseball Hall of Famer.
This past week, Raines was in Chicago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S. Cellular Field and was the most optimistic he has ever been for the Baseball Hall of Fame despite entering his tenth and final year of eligibility.
Raines had the following to say:
"This is probably the first year out of the nine years that I've been on the ballot that I really, really feel like I have a chance…I think about it a lot more than I ever have in the past.
If I don't (get in), it's not the end of the world…I would love for it to happen. But coming now to this point, being my last year on the ballot and being so close, it's getting a little nerve-wracking. I think those nerves are starting to set in. I just can't wait until it's over now."
Raines is coming off a 2016 vote of 69.8 percent, which is the farthest by far that he has received.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have had Raines ranked in the top twelve since our website’s inception and are hopeful that the former leadoff sensation will enter Cooperstown next year.
Will he get in?
Tim Raines and his Montreal Expos teammates hopes so.
So do we!