Tim Raines should be in the baseball Hall of Fame and I expect him to finally get the call. True, it is probably because of the steroid cloud that is hovering around the other nominees but Raines does deserve it. He has been eligible to be in Cooperstown since 2008. Let’s take a look at his numbers and his career.
Raines played 13 years of his career with the Montreal Expos. He was traded in 1990 to the Chicago White Sox where he played five seasons. His last productive season was when he played three years with the New York Yankees.
Raines played 23 years in the MLB. He finished his career with a batting average of .294, drove in 980 runs, and had a career on base percentage of .385. He stole 808 bases as well which is fifth in baseball history. Raines was a seven time All-Star when he was with the Expos from 1981-1987. In the All-Star game of 1987 he was named the MVP of that game. Raines has three World Series rings. Raines has two when he was a player with the Yankees in 1996 and 1998 and one as a first base coach with the White Sox in 2005.
How Raines isn’t in Cooperstown already is beyond me. His numbers are outstanding. He put up those great numbers in both the American League and the National League.
However, I think that this year is the year. In 2012 he received 47% of the vote. A players needs to garner 75% of the vote to be inducted in Cooperstown. Since he has been on the ballot the votes have been increasing to put him in Cooperstown.
Hopefully, this is the year.
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