Editor’s Note: Tim Raines was inducted into the national baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, 2017. Here’s a full transcript of his 30-plus minute speech.
Wow. Thank you so much. Thank you, Jane, Jeff, Jon and Whitney for being such great hosts for me and my family. It’s been a great six months, when we first got that call. We’ve been waiting for a long time for this call, and that day has come.
Youth Mike Mitchell Jersey I should have played one more year, I should have had the chance to, Bonds told the AP. It’s all right, though. Those 22 (seasons) were still good. I wish I could have gotten to retire better, or just walk away better, whatever it was, however you want to call it.
Bonds remained largely ostracized from the game until being hired by the Marlins to serve as their hitting coach for the 2016 season. He was dismissed following the season and hired by the Giants in March to serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer.
While allegations of performance-enhancing drug use have left made him a lightning rod around the game, Bonds saw a nearly 10-percent increase in his Hall of Fame voting totals this year, with 53.8 percent of voters checking him on their ballots.
Analysis (Rivera): Colorado boasts one of the most explosive lineups in MLB, but pitching has been a problem. Neshek’s presence (and 1.12 ERA) should help the end of the bullpen.
Neshek is 37 now, and is posting some of the best stats he’s had since his rookie season with the Twins. That’s a good thing for Colorado, especially considering the fatigue the ‘pen has faced in the last couple of weeks.
Good on the Phillies to stick with their rebuild and unload some unneeded pieces in Neshek and Howie Kendrick, getting as much value as they can back. Hey, better than nothing.