Tim Raines Newsbeat
Monday, January 05, 2015
But after asking around, I decided to stick with what Bill James advised: Vote for the 10 best players. “I don’t believe in trying to outsmart the system, no matter what the system is,” Bill said. “I think it backfires on you much more often than it works.”
So, here are the 10 players I voted for:
I offer deep apologies to Craig Biggio, who might really need my vote. But at the end, it came down to Smoltz, Piazza and Biggio for the final two spots, and Biggio was third of the three for me.
FWIW, here’s the top 10 players on this ballot on his Best of the Rest column a few weeks back: Bonds, Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, Bagwell, Raines, Schilling, Mussina, Biggio, Piazza
Posted: January 05, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 04, 2014
Right hole, Buster!
[Mussina’s] chances for induction will improve slightly this year because I’m abstaining from the voting for the first time, and won’t submit a ballot. The same is true for Curt Schilling, and Tim Raines, and at least two others who I think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To repeat: I think Mussina, Schilling and Raines and others are Hall of Famers, but it’s better for their candidacy if I don’t cast a ballot.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Another interesting David Lauria column. Some good tidbits.
Members of the Red Sox ownership group are reportedly purchasing their Triple-A affiliate from the estate of Ben Mondor. Mondor, who purchased the team in 1977, passed away in 2010. The Pawtucket Red Sox – one of minor league baseball’s most successful franchises – have been run by president Mike Tamburro and vice president/general manager Lou Schwechheimer.
It is unclear if Tamburro and Schwechheimer, who have been with the team since 1977 and 1979, respectively, will retain their positions if the deal is consummated. Many will be disappointed if they depart. Each has worked hard to enhance the fan experience at McCoy Stadium, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a former PawSox player who will complain about how he was treated by management.
Tamburro is a great storyteller. Some of his best yarns involve Win Remmerswaal, who played in Pawtucket from 1977-1980. A native of The Hague, Netherlands, Remmerswaal is legendary in PawSox lore.
According to Tamburro, Remmerswaal was once pulled over for driving his rental car on the wrong side of the road. Another time, he ran out of gas on the Massachusetts Turnpike and had to walk to the nearest town. Instead of purchasing a can of gas, Remmerswaal rented another car and left the first one along side of the road. A week later it was brought to McCoy Stadium. This was at seasons end and Butch Hobson, Pawtucket’s manager at the time, decided to drive it home to Alabama and abandon it in a parking lot.
Posted: November 30, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
Monday, November 24, 2014
There are three players with 100 bWAR and seven with 75 bWAR on the ballot this year. And Tim Raines ranks 10th with 69.1.
And then there are these guys…
Carlos Delgado, who totaled 473 home runs among his 2,038 career hits, is also on the ballot for the first time, along with fellow first baseman Tony Clark, outfielder-first baseman Darin Erstad, pitchers Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Troy Percival and Jason Schmidt, infielders Rich Aurilia and Aaron Boone and outfielders Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd and Brian Giles.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Everyone’s [Clayton] Kershaw this and Kershaw that, as they should be. But what of [Adam] Wainwright? He’s the second fiddle. Again.
Which brings us to a search for the best second fiddles since 1980…
C - Javy Lopez…
1B - Kent Hrbek…
2B - Lou Whitaker…
SS - Alan Trammell…
I’ve written about this extensively here, but there’s no greater second fiddle than Trammell…
LF - Tim Raines…
CF - Kenny Lofton…
RF - Larry Walker…
SP - Mike Mussina…
RP - Trevor Hoffman
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Posted: September 23, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 37 comment(s)
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