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Tim Raines

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The Montreal Expos' Tim Raines in a 1990 game.

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Updated January 17, 2013

Vital Statistics:

Born: Sept. 16, 1959

Hometown: Sanford, Fla.

Height: 5-8

Weight: 160 pounds

Bats: Both

Throws: Right

Family: Wife Virginia (divorced), sons Tim Jr. and Andre; wife Shannon and twins born in 2010. Tim Jr. briefly played in the big leagues for the Baltimore Orioles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Primary position: Left fielder

Before the bigs:

  • Drafted in the fifth round of the 1977 draft by the Montreal Expos out of Sanford (Fla.) Seminole High School at age 17.
  • Was a solid player in the low minors, stealing bases (222 in four seasons) and hitting between .280 and .290 before a breakthrough at age 20 in 1980 for Triple-A Denver, when he hit .354 with six homers, 64 RBI and 77 stolen bases in 108 games. He was named The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year.
  • Played second base in the minor leagues and briefly in the majors.

Career Highlights:

  • One of the top leadoff hitters and base-stealers in Major League Baseball history with 808 stolen bases (5th all-time), 1,571 runs (53rd all-time), 2,605 hits, a .294 average and a .385 on-base percentage.
  • A seven-time All-Star, he led the NL in stolen bases in four consecutive seasons (1981-84). He was successful on 84.7 percent of his steal attempts, the best in big-league history for a player with more than 300 attempts.
  • also won a batting title in 1986 (.334).
  • He's sixth all-time among switch hitters in hits. Is the all-time franchise leader for the Expos/Nationals for runs, steals, singles, triples and walks.
  • Won World Series rings with the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1998.
  • Made the Montreal roster out of spring training in 1981 and became the team's left fielder. Was successful on his first 27 stolen base attempts in the majors -- a record -- and ended his rookie season hitting .304 with 71 stolen bases, coming four steals short of the rookie record. He only played in 88 games because of a midseason baseball strike. Came in second to Fernando Valenzuela in NL Rookie of the Year voting.
  • Entered treatment for substance abuse after the 1982 season. Famously carried cocaine in his jersey pocket during games that season.
  • Bounced back in 1983 and scored 133 runs and stole 90 bases, a career-high. Finished fifth in NL MVP voting.
  • Won a Silver Slugger in 1986 and was sixth in MVP voting in 1986. Along with the batting title, he led the league in on-base percentage.
  • Was part of the collusion scandal before the 1987 season, when he wasn't pursued greatly as a free agent. Retroactively received damages of more than $865,000 in 1992.
  • Led the NL in runs scored in 1987 (123) and hit .330 with a career-best 18 home runs. Was MVP of the 1987 All-Star game, hitting a game-winning triple in the 13th inning.
  • Traded to the Chicago White Sox before the 1991 season for Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones and was a key contributor to a White Sox team that won the AL West in 1993, when he hit .306 with 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He hit .444 with 12 hits in 27 at-bats in the six-game loss to Toronto in the ALCS.
  • Even in his 30s he was an effective base-stealer, stealing 40 in a row without being caught from July 1993 to August 1995. That was an AL record at the time, since broken by Ichiro Suzuki (45).
  • Traded to the New York Yankees before the 1996 season for a minor leaguer. Was a part-time player with the Yankees, hitting .284 with nine homers in 59 games in 1996, .321 with four homers in 71 games in 1997 and .290 with five homers in 109 games in 1998.
  • Bounced around in his final seasons, and didn't even play in the majors in 2000. He hit .215 in 58 games with the 1999 Oakland A's, .309 in 47 games wiht the 2001 Expos, .273 in four games with the 2001 Orioles and .191 in 98 games with the 2002 Florida Marlins at age 42.
  • As of 2013, he's one of three modern players with 1,500 runs who are not enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell and Rafael Palmeiro were the others.

After retirement:

  • Received only 24 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, and his percentage slipped to 22.6 in 2009, but his candidacy has improved greatly since then, getting 52.2 percent of the vote in 2013. He'll be eligible for the Hall of Fame through 2022.
  • Became a coach in the Expos organization in 2003, and then with the White Sox in 2005-06. He was the first base coach for the 2005 White Sox, who won the World Series. Managed the independent Newark Bears from 2009 to 2011, and was a coach in 2012. Hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as a minor-league baserunning and outfield coach in 2013.
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