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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 11 (Part 1)

13 December 2010

Welcome to Episode 11, the Baseball Hall of Fame Spectacular! A five-part podcast with five amazing guests.

Fittingly batting leadoff today is Tim Raines, currently on the ballot for the Hall of Fame for the 4th time. Raines’ credentials include more times on base in his career than first-ballot Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, a higher career on-base percentage than Willie Mays, more than 800 stolen bases, and the highest basestealing success rate in MLB history (nearly 84%). You can read lots more about Tim Raines’s Hall of Fame case at

Aside from being the second-greatest leadoff hitter in MLB history and a glaringly obvious Hall of Fame pick, Raines is my favorite baseball player of all-time. He combined power and speed, grace and electricity, dazzling Montreal Expos fans like myself for more than a decade, making his mark on the south side of Chicago, and nabbing two World Series rings with the Yankees.

The topics Tim Raines and I cover:

  • 1:43-4:47: What does the Hall of Fame mean as a player and as a teammate?
  • 4:48-6:44: What might have been in 1987
  • 6:45-8:31: Skill sets that appeal to MVP and HOF voters
  • 8:32-14:11: Comparisons to Rickey Henderson, and base stealing success
  • 14:12-16:34: Free agency then and now
  • 16:35-17:48: Father of twin babies meets father of twin babies
  • 17:49-19:06: Tim’s goals for his coaching career
  • 19:07-21:32: Overcoming drug abuse
  • 21:33-23:57: Playing in Montreal in the ’80s
  • 23:58-end: Choosing a team to represent in the HOF

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Here’s hoping I made it through this interview without acting like this:

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