Yesterday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed the 2015 Class. There is no shortage of big names that are new on this list. Most notably, Randy Johnson makes his appearance and is a certain first ballot Hall of Famer.
I don’t want to go over the exhaustive list. Barry Bloom on mlb.com does a great job telling us in great detail the list of nominees.
I am here to make a case for Tim Raines and the urgency to get him into the Hall of Fame. Raines still garners good support but is still shy of being on 75% of the Baseball Writers’ ballots. Time is running out.
Raines is arguably among the best NL lead-off hitters of all-time. If he hadn’t taken so many bases on balls, these could have been hits and who knows how close he would have been to that gold standard of 3,000 hits.
If I had ten votes they would be: Tim Raines, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire.
If we look at the past years’ inductees as voted by the BBWAA, there were usually only three per year. Suppose the writers go hog-wild and elect four inductees, the three probable names are Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez, realistically leaving Raines on the bubble once again.
Let’s daydream for a moment and imagine that both Raines and Pedro Martinez are elected in 2015. Imagine the reception that they will get on April 3 and 4 at the Blue Jays Spring Training games.
We may need a divine intervention to see Raines get elected…
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