Cooperstown Choices: Tim Raines

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Tim Raines.

Tim Raines
The career of Tim “Rock” Raines took a few twists and turns between his 1979 debut with the Montreal Expos and his final season in 2003 as a member of the Florida Marlins. His consistent play and statistics have kept him on the ballot over the last three years and he hopes the fourth time is a charm.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1979 MON 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
1980 MON 15 20 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 3 .050 .269 .050 .319 -5
1981 MON 88 313 61 95 13 7 5 37 71 45 31 .304 .391 .438 .829 135
1982 MON 156 647 90 179 32 8 4 43 78 75 83 .277 .353 .369 .723 101
1983 MON 156 615 133 183 32 8 11 71 90 97 70 .298 .393 .429 .822 129
1984 MON 160 622 106 192 38 9 8 60 75 87 69 .309 .393 .437 .830 138
1985 MON 150 575 115 184 30 13 11 41 70 81 60 .320 .405 .475 .880 151
1986 MON 151 580 91 194 35 10 9 62 70 78 60 .334 .413 .476 .889 145
1987 MON 139 530 123 175 34 8 18 68 50 90 52 .330 .429 .526 .955 149
1988 MON 109 429 66 116 19 7 12 48 33 53 44 .270 .350 .431 .782 120
1989 MON 145 517 76 148 29 6 9 60 41 93 48 .286 .395 .418 .813 131
1990 MON 130 457 65 131 11 5 9 62 49 70 43 .287 .379 .392 .771 117
1991 CHW 155 609 102 163 20 6 5 50 51 83 68 .268 .359 .345 .703 98
1992 CHW 144 551 102 162 22 9 7 54 45 81 48 .294 .380 .405 .784 122
1993 CHW 115 415 75 127 16 4 16 54 21 64 35 .306 .401 .480 .880 138
1994 CHW 101 384 80 102 15 5 10 52 13 61 43 .266 .365 .409 .774 101
1995 CHW 133 502 81 143 25 4 12 67 13 70 52 .285 .374 .422 .796 111
1996 NYY 59 201 45 57 10 0 9 33 10 34 29 .284 .383 .468 .851 114
1997 NYY 74 271 56 87 20 2 4 38 8 41 34 .321 .403 .454 .856 124
1998 NYY 109 321 53 93 13 1 5 47 8 55 49 .290 .395 .383 .778 107
1999 OAK 58 135 20 29 5 0 4 17 4 26 17 .215 .337 .341 .678 79
2001 TOT 51 89 14 27 8 1 1 9 1 18 9 .303 .413 .449 .862 124
2001 MON 47 78 13 24 8 1 0 4 1 18 6 .308 .433 .436 .869 126
2001 BAL 4 11 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 .273 .250 .545 .795 106
2002 FLA 98 89 9 17 3 0 1 7 0 22 19 .191 .351 .258 .609 66
23 Seasons 2502 8872 1571 2605 430 113 170 980 808 1330 966 .294 .385 .425 .810 123
162 Game Avg. 162 574 102 169 28 7 11 63 52 86 63 .294 .385 .425 .810 123
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
MON (13 yrs) 1452 5383 947 1622 281 82 96 556 635 793 569 .301 .391 .437 .829 131
CHW (5 yrs) 648 2461 440 697 98 28 50 277 143 359 246 .283 .375 .407 .781 113
NYY (3 yrs) 242 793 154 237 43 3 18 118 26 130 112 .299 .395 .429 .823 115
OAK (1 yr) 58 135 20 29 5 0 4 17 4 26 17 .215 .337 .341 .678 79
FLA (1 yr) 98 89 9 17 3 0 1 7 0 22 19 .191 .351 .258 .609 66
BAL (1 yr) 4 11 1 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 .273 .250 .545 .795 106
NL (14 yrs) 1550 5472 956 1639 284 82 97 563 635 815 588 .300 .390 .435 .825 130
AL (10 yrs) 952 3400 615 966 146 31 73 417 173 515 378 .284 .377 .410 .787 112
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/15/2011.

Why He Should Get In
This may be the year that Rock arrives in Cooperstown. One of the premier base stealers in Major League Baseball, he has the numbers to prove that he, at the very least, deserves serious consideration. Above his 808 stolen bases, he also drove in 980 run in his 23 year career. He totaled 2,605 hits and 430 doubles while playing for six different teams. His 2,605 hits and .294 batting average keep him in the conversation as well as his 1.571 runs scored. He finished as the runner up to the Rookie Of The Year Award in 1981 and racked up seven All Star Game appearances, all consecutive, from 1981-1987.

Why He Should Not Get In
His power numbers are weak, including a surprisingly low 113 triples in his career. His seventh consecutive All Star appearance was also his last, though he played another 15 seasons. The later part of his career seen him become a singles machine that was not as much of a threat on the base paths. Raines was also not the most friendly player and has a rough relationship with the media.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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