Friday, May 2, 2008

#403 Tim Raines All-Star

Why this card is awesome: Because Raines hit .330 in 1987 but was buried 40 points behind Tony Gwynn. If not for Gwynn, Raines might have gotten the recognition he deserved.

Raines didn't do so well on the HOF ballot last year (his first year of eligibility) but he will make it in around 2013. Mark it down. He's one of my all-time favorite players.


David said...

It would have made sense for Topps to list AVG leaders on the back of Gwynn's card, and Runs leaders on the back of Raines' card, instead of vice versa.

Anonymous said...

The turtle-neck seems sort of odd as part of the home uniform considering Les Expos played in a dome.

Mr. Schwartz said...

Love your blog, but Raines has no shot at making the Hall of Fame.

Lifetime .294 hitter with 2605 hits... Not HOF material but he was a good player who spent many years in exile in Montreal.

Andy said...

He will make the HOF. He got 24% of the vote in his first year, and I believe that all players who received at least 20% in their first year eventually have made it, with the exception of Jim Rice, who will make it next year.