TIM RAINES by maclaren1


									                               Tim Raines, Field Manager

Tim Raines is one of the greatest outfielders to ever play in the major leagues. In his 23-
year career, Raines hit .294 with 170 home runs, 980 runs batted in, 1,571 runs scored,
2,605 hits, 808 stolen bases, 430 doubles, 113 triples, and had an on base percentage of .
385. Raines batted over .300 in five full seasons, over .320 in three straight years (1985–
1987), was a National League all-star in seven consecutive seasons (1981-1987) and
earned the Most Valuable Player award for the 1987 All-Star Game. Raines finished in
the top 10 in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times
(1983, 1986 and 1987). He won a Silver Slugger Award as an outfielder in 1986 when he
led the National League in both batting average and on-base percentage. Raines was also
a member of the New York Yankees teams that won the World Series in 1996 and 1998.

Raines’ career began in 1977, when he was selected in the 5th round of the amatuer draft
by the Montreal Expos. Just two years later, Raines made his major league debut with
the Expos on September 11, 1979. In 1980, Raines led the American Association in
hitting with a .354 average, and was called back up to the big leagues for 15 games to
finish the season.

After a taste of the big leagues in 1979 and 1980, Raines’ career hit full stride during the
1981 season. Raines quickly established himself as one of the dominant offensive
players in the game, and bolstered an impressive lineup that also featured Andre Dawson
and Gary Carter, who is now the manager of the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic

During the 1981 season, Raines hit .304 and stole 71 bases, to finish second in the Rookie
of the Year voting. As the best leadoff man in the National League, Raines stole at least
70 bases from 1981-1986, leading the league in that category from 1981 to 1984. In
1983, Raines stole a career high of 90 bases and led the league in runs scored, a feat he
duplicated in 1987. Always an outstanding defensive player, Raines led the National
League in outfield assists by throwing out 21 baserunners. In 1986, Raines became only
the third switch hitter to ever win the National League batting title, batting .334 to lead
the league.

In 1987, Raines missed the first part of the season and did not participate in spring
training. However, in his first game of the season on May 2, 1987, Raines roughed up
the New York Mets when he hit the first pitch he saw off the right-field wall for a triple,
finishing the game with four hits, a walk, a stolen base, and a game-winning grand slam
in the 10th inning. Despite the shortened season, Raines led the Expos in runs, walks,
times on base, stolen bases, batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.
Raines earned his 7th straight trip to the All-Star Game, where he earned Most Valuable
Player honors by collecting three hits, including a game-winning two-run triple in the 13th

Raines spent a total of 12 seasons with the Expos from 1979 to 1990. To this date,
Raines still holds the career records for the Expos organization (and even now with the
Washington Nationals organization) in the following categories: runs scored (947),
singles (1,163), triples (82), walks (793), times on base (2,440), and stolen bases (635).

On December 20, 1990, Raines was traded to the Chicago White Sox, where he was a
teammate of Newark Bears hittng coach Ron Karkovice. Raines stole another 143 bases
during 5 seasons with the White Sox.

On December 28, 1995, Raines was traded to the New York Yankees. Always a fan
favorite because of his base-stealing and likeability, Raines was an instant hit with the
Yankee faithful. Raines hit .284, .321 and .290 in his 3 years with the Yankees,
highlighted by winning the World Series in 1996 and 1998.

Raines spent the 1999 season with the Oakland A’s, but his season was cut short due to
health concerns. In the summer of 2000, Raines signed with the Somerset Patriots of the
Atlantic League, in an effort to show scouts and coaches that he was healthy enough to
play on the Olympic Baseball Team.

Raines returned to the major leagues in 2001, making a comeback with the Montreal
Expos. During a rehab assignment with the Expos’ Triple-A team, Raines had the
opportunity to play against his son, Tim Raines, Jr., who was playing for the Rochester
Red Wings in the Baltimore Orioles organization. This marked the first time in the
history of professional baseball that a father-son pair had played against each other.

Raines returned to the major league roster on August 22, 2001, but was then traded to the
Baltimore Orioles on October 3, 2001. The next day, Tim Raines, Sr., started in left field
for the Baltimore Orioles, while Tim Raines, Jr., started in center field, marking only the
second time that a father-son duo had played for the same major league team at the same
time (which had also been accomplished by Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr.).

In 2002, Raines signed with the Florida Marlins, and played his last game on September
29, 2002.

Raines retired with a total of 808 stolen bases durnig his career, ranking 4th on the all-
time list behind only Rickey Henderson, Lou Brock and Ty Cobb. Raines also held
several records, including the highest stolen base percentage (84.7%) of anyone in major
league history for players with 300 or more steal attempts, stealing 27 straight bases to
start his career, and swiping 40 consecutive bases without getting caught from July 1993
to August 1995.

In a career that spanned four decades, Raines left the game ranked as one of the greatest
switch hitters of all-time: fourth in runs scored (1,571), walks (1,330) and times on base
(3,977); fifth in plate appearances (10,359); sixth in career hits (2,605); seventh in singles
(1,892), doubles (430), total bases (3,771) and at bats (8,872); eighth in triples (113); and
tenth in extra base hits (713). He was only the seventh player whose career began after
1945 to retire with over 1,500 runs scored and 100 triples. His 1,966 games played in left
field ranked seventh in major league history when he retired.

Raines was a standout during the 1980’s, and led both the National League and the entire
major leagues in several offensive and defensive categories, including the following:

   •   Led the major leagues in stolen bases in 1981 (71) and 1984 (75)
   •   Led the National League in stolen bases in 1982 (78) and 1983 (90)
   •   Led the major leagues in runs scored in 1983 (133) and 1987 (123)
   •   Led the National League in batting average in 1986 (.334)
   •   Led the National League in on-base percentage in 1986 (.413)
   •   Led the National League for times on base in 1983 (282), 1984 (281), and 1986
   •   Led the National League in outfield assists in 1983 (21)
   •   Tied for the National League lead in double plays by an outfielder in 1985 (4)

After his playing career, Raines made the transition into coaching. In 2003, Raines
managed the Brevard County Manatees which was the Montreal Expos Single-A affiliate
in the Florida State League. Raines spent 2004 with Montreal Expos organization, and
was on the major league staff when the Exops franchise played their last game that

Raines joined the Chicago White Sox major league coaching staff in 2005. Serving as
the first base coach, Raines picked up another championship ring as the White Sox won
the 2005 World Series. Raines coached again in 2006, serving as the bench coach.

In 2007, Raines was the hitting coach for the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate
of the Washington Nationals.

In January 2008, Raines became eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many
players, coaches and sports writers support the induction of Raines into the Hall of Fame,
and his career warrants a trip to Cooperstown someday.

On November 21, 2008, it was announced that Raines had signed a two-year contract to
manage the Newark Bears. Raines will undoubtedly be a fan favorite at Bears and Eagles
Riverfront Stadium, considering his outstanding playing career and his outgoing

                         Newark Bears Professional Baseball Club
                          Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium
                                   450 Broad Street
                              Newark, New Jersey 07102

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