Dawson in the HOF. Gwynn in too. Where’s Raines?

Ryne Sandberg said the following at his Hall of Fame induction speech on July 31, 2005: 

“Andre Dawson, The Hawk. No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more or did it better than Andre Dawson. He’s the best I’ve ever seen. Stand up Hawk. The Hawk. I watched him win MVP for a last-place team in 1987 and it was the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. He did it the right way, the natural way and he did it in the field and on the bases and in every way, and I hope he will stand up here someday.”

I hope that Dawson issues a similar tribute to his former teammate, Tim Raines, at The Hawk’s induction today. Raines was a superior offensive force to Dawson (higher OPS and 500 more stolen bases), and Raines was at least as good an offensive weapon as Lou Brock, Tony Gwynn and other HOF table setters.

Consider:

Raines reached base more times in his career than Tony Gwynn and Lou Brock. 

Raines had more triples, more home runs, and 500 more stolen bases than Gwynn.

Henderson and Brock are the only two players in the last 100 years to steal more bases than Raines, but both of them got caught stealing more than twice as often as Raines.  Henderson led the league in caught-stealing 5 times, and Lou Brock 7 times. Raines NEVER led the league in times caught stealing.

Raines is one of the greatest offensive threats ever, and deserves enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

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Dave Lariviere says:

Hi Roy:

You make a great argument, but Raines is one of those guys, like Blyleven probably, too, that will fall short because of the market they played in and no major awards or feats. Dawson’s MVP was big in getting him to Cooperstown. Same with Jim Rice. Plus, the SB is just not a stat that excites voters. Henderson had a lot more pop and flambauncy than Raines and Brock played for great teams with the Cards. I’ll give it more thought in December when my ballot arrives.

E.J. Fink says:

You won’t get an argument from me and you shouldn’t be getting one from anyone else. For so many years I would study statistics in The Sporting News (TSN) and watch “the Rickey Henderson of the National League” pile up the big numbers for an unfortunately uncompetitve team in Montreal. Timmy could hit, run (duh), and play some game changing D with his speed. Would the Cardinals have been any different if it were him instead of Willie McGee? I doubt it. He must have been terminally jealous when Gary Carter went to the Mets and won so many games. A lot of great players get somewhat forgotten when they don’t play in October. The only thing I wish Raines had not done is play way past his prime in a stint with the Yankees if I recall correctly

RBI Champ says:

One of my favorite recollections of Andre Dawson is him taking a pitch in the face and charging after Eric Show twice after the scary moment. Its covered with appropriate perspective in this video clip on his career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZkNvjPpt-8