May 17, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Worcester Tornadoes infielder Jose Canseco (left) talks with Newark Bears manager Tim Raines during batting practice prior to their game at Bears The Toronto Blue Jays may have gotten most of their needs taken care of prior to the end of the year, but that has not stopped the team from making some subtle tweaks to the team now that the New Year is officially upon us.
On Monday, the team agreed to bring aboard former Montreal Expos, and current Hall of Fame candidate, Tim Raines as an outfield and base-running coach. Raines will be working with the Major League club during spring training, and then serve as a roving coach in the Blue Jays minor league system.
The 53-year-old Raines has previous coaching experience for the Montreal Expos, serving as a manager for their Class-A Advanced affiliate in 2003. In 2005, Raines was the first base coach for the World Series champion Chicago White Sox and became the team’s bench coach in 2006. Raines would serve as hitting coach of the Harrisburg Senators in the Washington Nationals system in 2007. Since 2009, he has been with the Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League, serving as team manager from 2009-2011 and then as assistant coach and director of player development on 2012.
The 23-year-old Major League veteran is making his 6th appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013. Raines was a .294 career hitter with a .810 OPS and 808 career stolen bases, which ranks him fifth all-time.
The final results of the balloting will be announced on January 9, 2013. Raines will be looking to improve on his 48.7% of the vote from 2012. A player requires 75% of the vote in order to obtain induction into the Hall of Fame.