For those who missed this announcement a few days ago, the Blue Jays have hired Tim Raines as a roaming minor league outfielder/base running instructor.
Raines, 53, has served in various coaching roles since retiring in 2002. He served as the manager for Montreal’s Class A Advanced affiliate in Brevard County in 2003, worked on the White Sox’s staff from 2004-06 and joined the Harrisburg Senators as hitting coach in ’07. He moved on to manage the Can-Am League’s Newark Bears from 2009-11 before becoming an assistant coach and the club’s director of player development.
Raines stole 808 bases in his career, the fifth-highest total of all time, and led the National League in steals for four straight seasons while playing for Montreal. The speedy leadoff hitter compiled a career .294 average, .385 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 2,502 big league games with the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Orioles and Marlins.
Definitely someone worth having in the organization that young players should look up to.