MLB legend, Tim Raines took the time to speak with me about his son, Tim Raines Jr. Raines spoke about the player that his son could have, and should have become. In this portion of an interview done on Monday, May 14, 2012, Raines explained what his son did wrong, and what ultimately stopped him from becoming the player that he had the talent to be.
Tim Raines Jr. had everything that his father had except for one big thing, work ethic. Raines Sr. worked hard every single day, and his son may have expected more because of his son.
As Raines said in the interview, “He got a chance. He just didn’t take advantage of the chance that he got….He probably started counting his ducks before they hatch.”
Raines Jr. had a rather uneventful major league career. In 75 games at the major league level, all with the Baltimore Orioles, Raines Jr. hit just .213, with 10 stolen bases.
In the minors, Raines showed flashes of brilliance however. In 14 seasons in the minors, Raines .272 with 97 home runs and 579 rbi. He did show speed, much like his father’s, finishing with 516 stolen bases. The most stolen bases he had in one season was a ridiculous 81. That is just unbelievable.
I just have to wonder what happened? He clearly had the ability in the minors, but it just didn’t transfer over to the majors.
It happens all the time, AAA all-star and MLB bummer.
Well, we can just imagine what could have been if Raines Jr were anything like Raines Sr.
Either way, the highlights of his career must have been on October 4, 2001, when Raines, Jr. played center field and his father Tim Raines Sr. played left field, in an Orioles’ 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox. They became just the second major league father-son duo to play in the same game, matching the feat done by Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. with the Seattle Mariners, on August 31, 1990.