Friday, February 24, 2017

2002 Topps Traded #T52: Tim Raines, Florida Marlins, OF

     Hall of Famer Tim Raines could have had another World Series ring if only he could have held on for just one more year.  After 23 seasons spanning from 1979-2002, Raines left the game at the age of 42.  He spent 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot before being elected during his final season of eligibility with 86% of the vote.  Raines was one of the best base stealers in the 1980's that could get on base with a single or double, and score runs.  The 7-time All-Star led the N.L in stolen bases 4 times and finished his career with a total of 808 SB's, which puts him in the Top 5 behind R.Henderson, L.Brock, B.Hamilton, and T.Cobb.  Raines also led his league in Batting Avg, Doubles, and Runs during his career.  Congratulations to one of the newest members of the MLB HOF.

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