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    He finally made it after 10 years. He really deserved it. After Tony Perez, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson, Tim Raines will become the sixth former Montreal Expo to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. And he will wear Montreal’s red, white and blue cap. As the bulk of his statistical success as an MLB player was with the Expos and as a tribute to all his accomplishments for the franchise, here is where he ranks in the most important lifetime batting categories with the Montreal ball club (1969 to 2004 only).

    Batting average: .301 (2nd)
    On base percentage: .391 (4th)
    Slugging average: .437 (12th)
    On base plus slugging: .829 (7th)
    Games played: 1452 (3rd)
    At bats: 5383 (3rd)
    Plate appearances: 6256 (2nd)
    Runs scored: 947 (1st)
    Hits: 1622 (2nd)
    Total bases: 2355 (4th)
    Singles: 1163 (1st)
    Doubles: 281 (4th)
    Triples: 82 (1st)
    Home runs: 96 (11th)
    Grand slams : 5 (3rd, tied)
    Extra-base hits: 459 (5th)
    Runs batted in: 556 (5th)
    Bases on balls: 793 (1st)
    Intentional bases on balls: 118 (2nd)
    Times on bases: 2440 (1st)
    At-bats per strikeouts: 9.5 (7th)
    Stolen bases: 635 (1st)
    Sacrifice flies: 39 (4th)
    Innings played in left field: 10,335.1 (1st)
    Outfield assists: 87 (2nd)
    Win shares: 268 (1st)
    WAR:'s formula 51 (2nd),'s formula 48 (2nd)

    He also hit an inside the park home run at the Big O off San Diego's Chris Welsh on May 7th, 1981.

    Thank you for the thrills, Rock!!


    During post-season in his time with Montreal, Rock did not make such an impact simply because the team only played October ball in 1981. That year, Raines was injured in the first round and did not play against Philadelphia. In the NLCS against the Dogers, he had a great Game 2, with 3 for 5 and one RBI. But better things in the post-season would be coming later for Rock while playing for other teams.


    How could we forget Raines's heroic performance at the 1987 All Star Game in Oakland, where he was the MVP. As an Expo, he was 3 for 10 at the Mid-Summer Classic, with one run, one triple, two runs batted ins and two stolen bases. He made the National League team every year from 1981 to 1987, for 7 total selections, which is most for an Expo, tied with Gary Carter. He was a starter in left field in 1982 and 1983.


    In 2004, Raines had his number 30 jersey retired by the Expos and also became an Expos Hall-of-Fame member. In 2013, he was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. And, of course, on January 18th, 2017, Raines was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, appearing on 86.0% of ballots cast. He was eligible for election to the HoF since 2008.

    Finally, while playing for Nos Amours, Tim Raines was also honored with these awards:
    National League Rookie Player of the Year (the Sporting News), 1981.
    Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team, 1981.
    National League batting title, 1986.
    National League Silver Slugger as outfielder, 1986.
    National League Player-of-the-Week June 20-26, 1983; August 13-19, 1984; May 5-11, 1986; August 10-16, 1987; Avril 24-30, 1989.
    Expos Player of the Year (BBWAA Montreal Chapter), 1986 and 1987.
    Expos Player of the Month (BBWAA Montreal Chapter), April 1981; September 1983; August 1984; June, August, and September 1985; June and September 1986; June 1987.

    Source :,, Wikipedia (French and English), 2004 Montreal Expos Media Guide.
    Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 01-19-2017, 06:03 AM.
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        Raines to wear an Expos cap at Hall of Fame induction.


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          Originally posted by Expos16 View Post
          Raines to wear an Expos cap at Hall of Fame induction.

          Cool. Good for him!


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