I can't see them vote him in next year, he would probably get boo-ed off the stage. I think the public needs another decade or so to accept the fact that we'll never know the extent of the steroid usage so they'll just have to accept it.
by buffalobillsrul2002 » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:56 pm
no chance for Nen? ERA under 3 (and would be way under 3 if it wasn't for his first couple of years which were awful) , with over 300 career saves. If the HOF decides to accept closers, then he's one who could get in(though I'd rather see a Blyleven, Gossage, or McGwire in before him).
Living in Canada, I saw Raines a lot. Tremendous player. Lifetime OBP of .385. 800+ SB. 2600+ hits. Nearly a .300 career average (.294). But like Andre Dawson, he didn't get much attention playing in Montreal and he was overshadowed by Rickey Henderson. Jeff Pearlman of ESPN makes a good case for Raines being in the HOF even though he surely won't make it. Pearlman argues that Raines was better overall than Lou Brock. The numbers are compelling. He would get my vote in a heartbeat.
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.