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The Blue Jays hire Tim Raines

Jan 1, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Man, Toronto is signing everyone!

The guys at Drunk Jays Fans say that the Jays have not had anyone in this position before.  It seems to me that a base-running coach would be an awesome investment for any team because while speed is obviously important, so much about base-running is about skill. Reading pitchers’ moves and the like. Just look at how many super fast dudes have low stolen base percentages.

In any event, it’ll be good to see Raines — a guy whose base-running skills are nearly unmatched in recent history — back with a major league team.

  1. lewp - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Craig, I’m about to leave out the door to do some blogging at the Heart of Dallas Bowl between Purdue and Oklahoma State, and I just wanted to wish you and everyone here a Happy New Year.

    Have a great day, a great year, and in about 50 days, pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      bored yet?

  2. jaysjunkie - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Actually, the Jays hired Maury Wills as a baserunning coach in, I believe, the late 90s.

    I like the Raines addition.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Great move. The Jays do have some fast runners on the roster and in Triple A.

    • paperlions - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Didn’t they also lead the league in TOOTBLAN last year? Having a smart base running coach could dramatically cut down on those.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        The Jays certainly made a lot of base running mistakes last season. Farrell wanted the team to be aggressive on the bases and sometimes it backfired. Lawrie for example, tried to steal home with Bautista at the plate.

    • vanindeed - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      maybe this will prevent them running into outs

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    A solid signing that can only help the club!

  5. jaysfan64 - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    According to the Fan 590’s Mike Wilner Raines will not be working with the big club past spring training…still will help with all the baserunning issues from last season tho..

    @Wilnerness590: ICYMI, #Bluejays hired Tim Raines yesterday to be roving minor-league OF/baserunning instructor. Won’t work with big club outside ST. #Jays
    10:31 am – 1 Jan 2013

  6. fanofevilempire - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    if Boston had any idea he was available they would have offered 3 years@ 39mil.

    • dmcmillan2286 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      I guess with the Jays’ upgrades we don’t have to worry about Raines trying to pull a Farrell and weaseling his way out of his contract to get to Boston to get that standard $39M deal they are offering anyone with a pulse…

  7. canadatude - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    What a track team the Jays project to be! Reyes, Bonifacio, Davis & Gose can all steal at least 40, with a few others in the 20 range. Raines is the type of coach they could have used last year if Farrell didn’t micro-manage. Can’t wait to see the arms and the wheels fall off in Boston where he now has his “dream job”.

    • vanindeed - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Best part is they made all these moves after he used Toronto as a “stepping stone”.

  8. cur68 - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Raines will be there to tune up the kids and assist with strategy for in game decisions. At a minimum he can’t hurt anything and will likely help a lot. Seriously, is any other team in MLB showing this much commitment to fielding a winner while not spending like a drunken sailor? This has to be the most balanced series of move any GM has made in quite some time. Shoring up defence (understatement!), beefing up the offence, and getting skilled instructors for both sides of the game. Lets hope Raines can teach Brett Lawrie to play without killing himself or making outs. Lawrie was a TOOTBLAN poster boy last season.

  9. jwbiii - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Tim Raines has been coaching and managing since his retirement as a player. This is unusual for a player of his quality. I know about Ryne Sandberg, but most minor league coaches and managers are from the Chris Truby/Sal Fasano class: guys who could use the jobs and benefits. Raines has just about everything on his resume except Major League manager:
    Minor league coach: Check (Harrisburg)
    Minor league manager: Check (Brevard County)
    Indy league coach: Check (Newark)
    Indy league manager: Check (Newark)
    Indy league front office: Check (Newark)
    Major league coach: Check (Expos, White Sox)
    Now add minor league rover (Toronto).

    • cur68 - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      The one thing I didn’t know was how much experience Raines had as a coach. I didn’t look it up because I was pretty certain someone would do it for me (hat tip to ya, JW) thus saving me some work, especially as I’m already supposed to be working on other (paid) research as it is. So, finding this comment really makes me happy. Given Raines’ experience I’m betting he does a dynamite job coaching up the base running and out field defence. So good, in fact, that he’s a manager somewhere soon.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      that’s a nice resume, some guys end up never getting a shot.
      he is young so I hope he gets his shot.
      look at Charlie manuel,

  10. tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Let’s hope this works out better for Jose Reyes than the time the Mets hired Rickey Henderson to teach Reyes base-stealing.

  11. vols84 - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Correction, that is Rock Raines.

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