“I am honored & humbled to be enshrined into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.”
Tim Raines was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame last week. Raines played in the Major Leagues for more than 20 years with the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Florida Marlins. Tim Raines was a seven-time All-Star (1981-1987). Raines led the National League in stolen bases for four consecutive seasons (1981-1984). Raines won the NL batting title in 1986 and in 1987. He was named Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game.
Tim Raines was a great player from 1981-1987. In fact, you can make the case that he was the second best lead-off man in baseball history – behind only Rickey Henderson. Not only was Raines an All-Star and a stolen base leader, but he also had a terrific on base percentage. When you get a player with great speed who possesses a fine knowledge of the strike zone, you have someone really special. In today’s game, there is no lead-off man who can do what Tim Raines did for those seven years. Raines was a good player for a number of years in the late 80’s and 90’s. And he played a supporting role on two New York Yankee World Championship teams (1996 & 1998). It took Tim Raines 10 years to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. With the emphasis on on-base percentage in today’s game, over the years, more and more people have come to appreciate all of Tim Raines’ accomplishments.