Your Friendly Neighborhood Update

B! Get Out theVote!

On Tuesday, the former White Sox left fielder Tim "Rock" Raines was once again snubbed by electors to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Raines did improve on his previous year's vote total but time is running out for the former speedster who stole over 800 bags in his career.

Raines' connection to Bridgeport involves the period from 1991 to 1995 when the switch hitter manned left field for the Pale Hose.  Raines  was a key cog when the club won the American League West title in 1993. That year he hit .306/.401/.480 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs while swiping 21 bases.  Raines also used his time in Chicago to fully transition from Tim Raines to Rock Raines.

In 1991, Topps issues two cards of "Rock" Raines. Two Rock Raineses ...Now, changing your name to Rock during that era was not easy since the neighborhood already had a powerful slugger by that name. But Raines perservered and soon his name was being echoed in bars and restuarants up and down Halsted as the 93' Sox won 94 games.

By the mid 90's, Raines had neither the power nor the pizzazz of the neighborhood's more famous "Rock" LaRosa, who once fought and defeated the whole bar in an after hours skirmish at the 334 Club, but he got the job done day in and day out and became a favorite on the Southside. Rock was even rewarded with a coaching gig at the end of his career by the always loyal Jerry Reinsdorf.

A quick glance at the numbers indicates that Rock Raines deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and many prominent baseball writers agree with that assessment, including Bnews favorite Jonah Keri.

Alas, the Bnews has been petitioning the HOF for voting rights for some time but has yet to be granted the privilege so our strategy at the B is to do what Bporters do best: reach out to everyone you know and support the Rock's cause.  Or as Hawk Harrelson would say  "call you sons and call your daughters."

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