Comparing Tim Raines With First Ballot HOF’er Lou Brock
Once again, Tim Raines was left on the outside looking in by Hall of Fame voters – and he only secured 55 percent of the votes, up from 46 percent last year though far short of 75 percent needed to gain admission.
Because of rule changes, players are now allowed 10 years on the BBWAA ballot (down from the previous 15) – creating some urgency to get Raines in before the door slams shut and he’s left to the meandering decisions of the Old Timers’ Committee (he’s been on the ballot for eight years).
We previously looked at Raines’ career numbers and why he should be an open-and-shut case.
Now, we turn our attention to comparing him to Lou Brock, a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Case closed. Raines is a Hall of Famer.