Happy New Year! Let’s try to make 2013 a good one, ok?
Baseball reporter Mel Antonen says that potential Hall of Famer Tim Raines has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as an outfield and base-running coach. Antonen didn’t offer any details, so this could be a major league or minor league assignment… it could possibly even be a part-time spring training instructor gig.
For what it’s worth, the Newark Bears website still lists Raines as the team’s director of player development. (Update – January 2nd: The Bears confirmed that Raines is leaving their organization.)
Yesterday was the last day for voters to submit their Baseball Hall of Fame ballots; the results will be announced on Wednesday, January 9th. Last year, Raines received 279 votes (48.7%), up from 218 (37.5%) in 2011, 164 (30.4%) in 2010, and 122 (22.6%) in 2009, his first year on the ballot.
Do you think Tim Raines will be elected to the Hall of Fame this year?