Raines hopeful to reach Hall of Fame on final ballot in 2017

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Tim Raines says he doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about baseball's Hall of Fame. Raines fell 23 votes shy of the necessary 75 percent this month, and next year's ballot will be the 10th and final time he is eligible for consideration by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. ''It matters, but it doesn't,'' the former Montreal Expos...
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Cricket star Kieran Powell working out for MLB teams

Kieran Powell is an outfielder from St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. He is widely known for his cricket skills, and is so skilled, he was invited to work out for the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. just last weekend. Powell, 25, has been playing cricket the past decade. He will attempt to be a pioneer and take his shot at professional baseball. Because while the skills...
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

The Worst Active Base-Stealer

Earlier today, when I was writing about Tim Raines, I noted that that whole post came out of me actually doing some research on David DeJesus. That wasn’t a lie, and I have two nuggets of proof: who would lie about that the rest of this post In case you were worried, I didn’t let some Raines facts get in the way of me still writing about a free-agent veteran fourth outfielder...
Via Fangraphs
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Tim Raines’ Missing Information

I want you to know that I don’t have an agenda here. I mean, I know that’s exactly what someone who has an agenda would say, and I know there are people online who push Tim Raines pretty hard every year, but if you can believe it, this actually came out of research focused on David DeJesus. I recognize that Tim Raines was outstanding. When I was younger, I didn’t have much...
Via Fangraphs
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

HOF 2017: Last chance for Raines, first for Ramirez, Pudge

Tim Raines is down to his final chance. After falling 23 votes shy of induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, Raines' candidacy will come down to next year's vote. That will be his 10th and final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. Newcomers to the ballot in 2017 include Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero. Raines stole 808...
Via Associated Press
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Vote Jump Impresses Raines Despite Missing Hall Of Fame

When one 1 p.m. arrived Wednesday Eastern time or 10 a.m. Arizona time where he resides, Tim Raines hadn’t received the call he expected. He then knew he wasn’t elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown but he’s very grateful that he’s edging closer. The Montreal Expos’ great fell short of induction with members of  the Baseball Writers Association of America...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Bagwell, Raines and Hoffman fall just short of Hall election

NEW YORK (AP) Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines might want to block off the date for the 2017 induction ceremony at the baseball Hall of Fame after falling just short of election this year. National League career save leader Trevor Hoffman also appears to be closing in after making a strong showing in voting results announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Waiting Game Must Be Gnawing At Heart Of Expos’ Great Raines

It must an anxiety-filled time for Tim Raines. We would imagine he has some butterflies in his stomach. Maybe his heart is beating just a bit more than it normally does. He must be doing a lot of thinking at his home in Arizona. Must be stressful. The former Expos’ great wonders if National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson will call him in the next couple of days and...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Tim Raines

TIM RAINES Ninth Year on Ballot (55% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Montreal Expos (1979–1990), Chicago White Sox (1991–1995), New York Yankees (1996–1998), Oakland Athletics (1999), Montreal Expos (2001), Baltimore Orioles (2001) and Florida Marlins (2002) ACHIEVEMENTS:   Career batting average of .294 with 2605 hits and 1571 runs scored. Hit .300 or better seven times. Led...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann: "Close the Hall of Fame and start over" (Video)

On Wednesday evening, ESPN's Keith Olbermann targeted the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for what he considers to be a broken voting system for electing players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Olbermann, players being excluded for suspected steroid use in recent years (most notably Mike Piazza in the most recent balloting) are "the lucky ones" because...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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