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HOF Profiles: Tim Raines

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Tim Raines - Leftfielder

 

Montreal Expos 1979-1990, 2001

Chicago White Sox 1991-1995

New York Yankees 1996-1998

Oakland Athletics 1999

Baltimore Orioles 2001

Florida Marlins 2002

 

Awards

1986 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF

1987 All-Star Game MVP

 

All-Star Selections: 7 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)

 

League Leader

1981: Stolen Bases

1982: Stolen Bases

1983: Runs, Stolen Bases

1984: Doubles, Stolen Bases

1986: Batting Average, OBP, Runs Created

1987: Runs

 

Career Ranks

Games: 48th

Runs: 46th

Hits: 68th

TB: 100th

BB: 33rd

SB: 5th

RC: 51st

 

Best Performance

April 18, 1994 - Chicago at Boston

Hit three homeruns against the Red Sox.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Black Ink: Batting - 20 (105) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)

Gray Ink: Batting - 114 (176) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 46.8 (91) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 90.0 (175) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: 5 (Lou Brock, Max Carey, Fred Clarke, Harry Hooper, Enos Slaughter)

Other Similar Batters: Kenny Lofton, Willie Davis, Jimmy Ryan, Jose Cruz, Julio Franco

 

 

Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)

 

1979: 0/0.0

1980: 0/0.1

1981: 18/5.6

1982: 21/5.5

1983: 29/9.1

1984: 32/9.0

1985: 36/11.8

1986: 32/9.9

1987: 34/10.3

1988: 19/6.4

1989: 25/8.1

1990: 19/5.1

1991: 19/6.5

1992: 28/10.2

1993: 19/5.9

1994: 14/4.6

1995: 14/4.8

1996: 7/2.1

1997: 9/3.3

1998: 11/3.3

1999: 1/0.6

2001: 3/1.4

2002: 0/0.1

 

Career Win Shares: 390

Career WARP3: 123.9

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

Second greatest lead off hitter of all-time who should be a slam dunk, first ballot Hall of Famer this year but won't be. In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, which was published in 2001 right near the end of Raines' career, James ranked Raines as the 8th best leftfielder of all-time behind Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Jackson, and Al Simmons. You could make a legitimate argument that from 1985 to 1987 Raines was the MVP of the National League each season yet he failed to crack the Top 5 in the writer's vote in those years. Playing his prime years in Montreal and being overshadowed by Henderson certainly hurt the national media's perception of him. Maybe also hurt by that he probably hung around a few years longer than he should have but he'd hardly be the first HOF to do that. The very small sample of writer ballots that have become public are at least semi-encouraging as it appears he'll probably end up on between 30-40% of the ballots which isn't bad for someone the writers don't view as a first ballot HOF.

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For best game a nod to the game mentioned in his B-Ref sponsorship.

 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NY...198705020.shtml

 

Not only a grand slam in the 10th, but the Expos' rally in the 9th started on Raines' infield single.

 

Or maybe this game, Raines scored all five times to the plate, hit a HR and stole two bases in a 9-7 win.

 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MO...198708130.shtml

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