Monday, March 28, 2011

Tim Raines (vs Rickey Henderson)

Rickey Henderson is consider the best lead off man of all time but from 1981 to 1987 when Henderson was at his peak, Mr. Raines stacks up very evenly. The idea in baseball is to get on base, get around the bases and score runs. Using simple stats and creating a new one (bases accumulated), Raines is in a dead heap with Henderson during this time frame.

                      TB         BB        SB    Bases Accumulated
Raines           1740      553      504             2797
Henderson     1581     637       568            2786

From 1981-1987, Raines accumulated more bases than Henderson. Henderson holds a slight edge in runs score (780-719). Based on this 7 year period, I think Raines should be in the Hall of Fame.

This card is a nice shot of Raines and the awesome Expos logo, though this card does not stack up to Raines's 1981 Donruss rookie card.


  1. I agree... he should get the nod sooner than later. I'm still amazed that he played 23 seasons.

  2. He should be a no-brainer. More runs scored (by a large margin) than any player not in Cooperstown.