Hall of Fame Poll: Tim Raines

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Would you vote Tim Raines into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

It is Tim Raines 7th time on the Hall of Fame ballot, so 6 times the BBWAA have gotten it wrong. At least his numbers are going up. His first time he had 24.3%, last year he was on 52.2% of the ballots.

Raines is one of my all-time favorite players. He was the second best lead off hitter of his era, likely the second best lead off hitter of all-time. Unfortunately, he played at the same time as Ricky Henderson.

Tim played for 23 seasons, the first 13 were with the Expos. He played 2502 games, scored 1571 runs., had 2605 hits, 808 stolen bases and a .294/.385/.425 line. He scored over 100 runs in 6 seasons and led the league in stolen bases 4 times. Tim was second in ROY voting in 1981, made 7 All-Star teams and had 1 Silver Slugger.

He is 51st career in runs scored, 35th in walks and 5th in stolen bases. But, maybe you had to watch him play to see just how good he was. He was one of those guys that could change a game just by getting to first.

I hope that, someday, he will be the 3rd player to go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Expos cap. One of the reasons writers give for leaving him off the ballot is that he used cocaine early in his career. Cocaine, of course, wasn't a performance enhancing drug. It was, for a bit , the drug of choice for folks that could afford it.

Raines was a minor league base running and outfield coach for the Jays this past year, I wouldn't mind seeing him get a job on the major league coaching staff.

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB Pos Awards
1979 19 MON 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1980 20 MON 15 20 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 6 3 .050 .269 .050 .319 0 /47
1981 21 MON 88 313 61 95 13 7 5 37 71 11 45 31 .304 .391 .438 .829 5 *7/4 AS,MVP-19,RoY-2
1982 22 MON 156 647 90 179 32 8 4 43 78 16 75 83 .277 .353 .369 .723 9 *74 AS
1983 23 MON 156 615 133 183 32 8 11 71 90 14 97 70 .298 .393 .429 .822 9 *7/489 AS,MVP-5
1984 24 MON 160 622 106 192 38 9 8 60 75 10 87 69 .309 .393 .437 .830 7 *8/4 AS,MVP-11
1985 25 MON 150 575 115 184 30 13 11 41 70 9 81 60 .320 .405 .475 .880 13 *7 AS,MVP-12
1986 26 MON 151 580 91 194 35 10 9 62 70 9 78 60 .334 .413 .476 .889 9 *7 AS,MVP-6,SS
1987 27 MON 139 530 123 175 34 8 18 68 50 5 90 52 .330 .429 .526 .955 26 *7 AS,MVP-7
1988 28 MON 109 429 66 116 19 7 12 48 33 7 53 44 .270 .350 .431 .782 14 7
1989 29 MON 145 517 76 148 29 6 9 60 41 9 93 48 .286 .395 .418 .813 18 *7 MVP-17
1990 30 MON 130 457 65 131 11 5 9 62 49 16 70 43 .287 .379 .392 .771 8 *7
1991 31 CHW 155 609 102 163 20 6 5 50 51 15 83 68 .268 .359 .345 .703 9 *7D/89
1992 32 CHW 144 551 102 162 22 9 7 54 45 6 81 48 .294 .380 .405 .784 4 *7D/8
1993 33 CHW 115 415 75 127 16 4 16 54 21 7 64 35 .306 .401 .480 .880 4 *7
1994 34 CHW 101 384 80 102 15 5 10 52 13 0 61 43 .266 .365 .409 .774 3 *7
1995 35 CHW 133 502 81 143 25 4 12 67 13 2 70 52 .285 .374 .422 .796 3 *7D/9
1996 36 NYY 59 201 45 57 10 0 9 33 10 1 34 29 .284 .383 .468 .851 1 7/D
1997 37 NYY 74 271 56 87 20 2 4 38 8 5 41 34 .321 .403 .454 .856 0 7D
1998 38 NYY 109 321 53 93 13 1 5 47 8 3 55 49 .290 .395 .383 .778 1 D7
1999 39 OAK 58 135 20 29 5 0 4 17 4 1 26 17 .215 .337 .341 .678 1 7/D8
2001 41 TOT 51 89 14 27 8 1 1 9 1 0 18 9 .303 .413 .449 .862 0 7/D
2001 41 MON 47 78 13 24 8 1 0 4 1 0 18 6 .308 .433 .436 .869 0 7
2001 41 BAL 4 11 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 3 .273 .250 .545 .795 0 /7D
2002 42 FLA 98 89 9 17 3 0 1 7 0 0 22 19 .191 .351 .258 .609 4 7/D
23 Yrs 2502 8872 1571 2605 430 113 170 980 808 146 1330 966 .294 .385 .425 .810 148
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2013.

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