CHICAGO – Former Chicago White Sox outfielder Tim Raines has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Raines will join Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig in the Class of 2017, with the 78th induction ceremonies to be held on Sunday, July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Raines, 57, becomes the 39th former member of the White Sox organization selected to the Hall of Fame. He received 86.0 percent (380 of 442), eclipsing the required 75.0 percent.
“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”
Raines played 23 major-league seasons with Montreal (1979-90, 2001), the White Sox (1991-95), New York-AL (1996-98), Oakland (1999), Baltimore (2001) and Florida (2002), hitting .294 (2,605-8,872) with 430 doubles, 113 triples, 170 home runs, 980 RBI, 1,571 runs scored, 808 stolen bases, 1,330 walks, a .385 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 2,502 games. His 808 steals currently rank fifth and 84.3 stolen base percentage ranks ninth all-time.
“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”
A seven-time National League All-Star (1981-87), Raines was named the NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981, posting a .304 average with 71 steals in 88 games. He won the NL batting title and Silver Slugger Award in 1986 after hitting a career-high .334, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 All-Star Game. Raines reached the postseason five times as a player, winning the World Series in 1996 and 1998 with the Yankees.
Raines batted .283 (697-2,461) with 98 doubles, 28 triples, 50 home runs, 277 RBI, 440 runs scored and 143 stolen bases in 648 games with the White Sox. He ranked second on the Sox in runs scored, stolen bases and triples, third in doubles, RBI, batting average, on-base and slugging percentage and fourth in hits from 1991-95.
Raines holds the Sox all-time record with an 82.7 stolen base percentage (143-173). His 51 steals in 1991 are tied for the 10th-most and his 88.2 stolen base percentage (45-51) in 1992 is tied for the sixth-highest in White Sox history. Raines helped guide the Sox to the American League Western Division championship in 1993, hitting .306 (127-415) with a .401 on-base percentage in 115 games. He batted .444 (12-27) with five runs scored in a six-game loss to Toronto in the ALCS.
Raines also spent two seasons (2005-06) on the White Sox coaching staff, serving as the first-base coach for the 2005 World Series Championship team.
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