Tim Raines misses the Hall of Fame cut again

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The White Sox will have to settle for one Hall of Famer, as Rock comes up short in his seventh year of eligibility

Former White Sox player and coach Tim Raines has missed the Hall of Fame for a seventh time. For the first time, his progress stalled. He received just 46.1 percent of the vote, down 6.1 percent from the 52.2 percent he received in 2013.

Raines began his major league career with the Montreal Expos with September auditions in 1979 and 1980.  In the strike-shortened 1981, Raines was the runner up in the National League Rookie of the Year voting to Fernando Valenzuela.  That season began a four-year strangehold on the NL stolen base title and seven years of All-Star Game appearances.  Raines also won the NL batting title in 1986.

After spending 13 seasons with the Expos, Raines was traded to the White Sox for Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones before the 1991 season.  He spent the next five seasons as the Sox starting left fielder. In his time with the Sox, he put together a .283/.375/.407 line with 50 home runs and 153 stolen bases, and lead the team in hitting in the 1993 ALCS by going 12-for-27.

The White Sox traded Raines to the Yankees after the 1995 season for minor league pitcher Blaise Kozeniewski. Raines helped the Yankees win a World Series in 1996 and went to the playoffs with the Yankees in 1997 and 1998.  Kozeniewski never pitched in the White Sox system.

Raines' career continued for a three more seasons after this, spending time as a part-timer in Oakland, Montreal, Baltimore (where he played with his son Tim Jr.), and Florida.

After retiring, Raines returned as a coach for the Sox during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

For Raines's 23-year playing career, he finished with 808 stolen bases which is good enough for fifth all time.  His 69.1 career WAR is good enough for 70th among position players, and ahead of contemporaries that made the Hall of Fame such as Andre Dawson and Dave Winfield.

Raines wasn't the only player to lose ground. In fact, he's in relatively good shape compared to his peers, even if it's not much comfort.

PLAYER VOTES % YRS ON BALLOT
Greg Maddux 555 97.20% 1st
Tom Glavine 525 91.90% 1st
Frank Thomas 478 83.70% 1st
Craig Biggio 427 74.80% 2nd
Mike Piazza 355 62.20% 2nd
Jack Morris 351 61.50% 15th
Jeff Bagwell 310 54.30% 4th
Tim Raines 263 46.10% 7th
Roger Clemens 202 35.40% 2nd
Barry Bonds 198 34.70% 2nd
Lee Smith 171 29.90% 12th
Curt Schilling 167 29.20% 2nd
Edgar Martinez 144 25.20% 5th
Alan Trammell 119 20.80% 13th
Mike Mussina 116 20.30% 1st
Jeff Kent 87 15.20% 1st
Fred McGriff 67 11.70% 5th
Mark McGwire 63 11.00% 8th
Larry Walker 58 10.20% 4th
Don Mattingly 47 8.20% 14th
Sammy Sosa 41 7.20% 2nd
Rafael Palmeiro 25 4.40% 4th
Moises Alou 6 1.10% 1st
Hideo Nomo 6 1.10% 1st
Luis Gonzalez 5 0.90% 1st
Eric Gagne 2 0.40% 1st
J.T. Snow 2 0.40% 1st
Armando Benitez 1 0.20% 1st
Jacque Jones 1 0.20% 1st
Kenny Rogers 1 0.20% 1st
Sean Casey 0 0.00% 1st
Ray Durham 0 0.00% 1st
Todd Jones 0 0.00% 1st
Paul Lo Duca 0 0.00% 1st
Richie Sexson 0 0.00% 1st
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