Raines, Bell lead Canadian Hall class of 2013

Still waiting for Cooperstown, Tim Raines can say he’s a Hall of


The former Montreal Expos outfielder was selected for induction

Thursday into the Canadian Baseball of Fame. Also included in the

class of 2013 are former outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey as

well as former announcer Tom Cheek and longtime minor league owner

Nat Bailey.

No players were elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame this year

by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Raines was fifth

in BBWAA balloting with 297 votes (52.2 percent), well short of the

75 percent required for induction.

”Definitely different types of emotions,” Raines said during a

conference call. ”The emotions of not getting into the Baseball

Hall of Fame is something I’ve been dealing with for five


”Getting into the Canadian Hall of Fame . . . is the highest

honor I’ve gotten since I played professional baseball, so this is

a great moment for me and my family. I was ecstatic about it.”

The 53-year-old played left field for six major league teams

from 1979-02 and is best known for his time in Montreal (1979-90).

Raines was a seven-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion

as a player, and added a third title in 2005 as a Chicago White Sox

coach. He retired with a career .294 average, 2,605 hits, 170

homers and 808 stolen bases.

Last month, Raines joined the Toronto Blue Jays as a baserunning

and outfield coach.

Bell, 53, spent 12 seasons in the majors with Toronto, the

Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox and enjoyed his best success

with the Blue Jays. He was a three-time All-Star and won the AL MVP

award with the Jays in 1987.