"No player in major league history has a better stolen base percentage than Raines’ 84.7. He stole 70 or more for six straight seasons. His career on-base percentage of .385 is so bar beyond his peers it’s ridiculous.Forty-two per cent or bust, people. It would be a big step.
How did 75 percent of the voters ignore Raines a year ago? It makes no sense. Hopefully, the big jump in votes he receives this year puts him in position to make the trip to Cooperstown he so obviously deserves in 2010." -- Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News