Raines: 'I played the game with excitement, focus'
Tim Raines scored more runs in his career than Tony Gwynn. He owns a higher on-base percentage than Willie Mays. He's one of only five players ever to steal 800 or more bases, and no one with 300 or more attempts owns a higher success rate than Raines' 84.7 percent. Yet with Hall of Fame voting results slated to be announced Jan. 8, Raines looks like a long shot for induction in his first year of eligibility.Whether because of his lack of exposure playing much of his career in Montreal, his lack of milestone numbers such as 3,000 hits, or the stubborn, senseless policy of many voters not to vote in players on their first try, Raines may face an uphill climb to get to Cooperstown, at least in 2008. Raines recently sat down to talk about his Hall of Fame credentials, the lack of base stealers in today's game and his days playing with the "Team of the '80s" in front of packed houses at Olympic Stadium:
[Back in the early '80s] if you could run, teams would find a way to put you in the lineup. Now it doesn't really matter if you can run or not, you have to have some type of power.