buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:Raines has an argument, but overall I don't see it. At LF, which is a prime hitting position, his numbers just aren't there to warrant HOF. For around 7 years he was one of the better players in the game, but there was never really an argument that he was the best, and 7 great years doesn't get you into the Hall in my book.
I don't think Raines is as easy a choice as Pearlman says, but he deserves a lot closer consideration than most people give him. Gwynn was also a corner OF with little power, and no one questions his choice. Despite the lack of power, Raines OPS+ over his career was 23 percent higher than the average player similar to many of the other high OBP/speed guys that are worthy of the Hall. OPS+, in fact, undervalues these players, since OBP is much more important than slugging to real baseball value. In addition, Raines was a GREAT base stealer 85% success is incredible for a lifetime percentage. He also had a ton of doubles and triples, which doesn't excite people as much as HRs, but if you look you will see that his slugging percentage was actually 7% above league average during his play.
Raines probably won't get in, because people will look at BA and HRs, rather than other important numbers. But, he should get a lot closer look.
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