Blue Jays hire Tim Raines as minor league coach
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Tim Raines will join the Blue Jays as a Minor League coach this season. An official announcement from Toronto is expected later this week.
The former NL batting champion and four-time league stolen base king will be asked to counsel young Jays’ outfielders and baserunners throughout the farm system, taking over that role from the departed Rich Miller.
He will be able to tremendously help high draft picks from June 2012, D.J. Davis and Anthony Alford, both with similar tools and skill sets to him.
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 insteals 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.