(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - With a smile can light up a stadium and a laugh that is infectious, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines can now call himself a Baseball Hall of Famer as on his 10th and final ballot, baseball writers from across North America finally paid one of baseball's legends his due.
Here is the transcription from Jeff Idelson from The National Baseball Hall of Fame:
"Tim Raines, welcome to The Hall of Fame.
"Tim was rock solid playing in 23 seasons, only 20 players in the entire history of baseball played longer. He played for six (6) teams including 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos, he was a .294 lifetime hitter. It never hurts to add a leadoff hitter with MACH 1 speed to your team as the Hall of Fame just did. Tim spent his Major League career reaching base, wreaking havoc on the basepaths and scoring runs.
"One of baseball's best players reaching base almost 4,000 times, 808 stolen bases, 1,571 runs scored, scored 100 or more runs six (6) times and led the National League in stolen bases four (4) consecutive seasons, stole 40 or more bases in a season 11 times. He was named to seven (7) consecutive All-Star Teams from 1981 to 1987, won a World Series with the Yankees in 1996.
"Rock, we will see you in Cooperstown, in July."
The Vancouver Canadians have been fortunate enough to have Raines here in a number of occasions over the past few years as he has been the roving baserunning and outfield coordinator with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and has given both his time and effort to both our Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation and our community.
Thank you Tim, and congratulations!