Today in Sports History: December 24

In 1990, Tim Raines was traded to the White Sox in exchange for Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones. Raines was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1977 Major League Baseball draft. Raines made his MLB debut in 1979 as a pitch runner then switched to second baseman before settling in the outfield. Despite an MLB strike interrupting the 1981 season, Raines batted .304 and set a then Major League Baseball rookie record with 71 stolen bases.

After entering treatment for substance abuse, Raines returned to the Expos and set a career-high of 90 stolen bases and 133 runs in 1983. He was awarded Expos Player of the Year in 1983, 1985, and 1986. Starting in 1981, Raines stole a minimum of 70 bases per season. He resigned with the Expos in 1987 and hit a triple his first time back at bat. Raines played for the White Sox from 1991-5 before signing with the New York Yankees in 2000. Over his 23-year career, Raines played in 2,502 games accumulating 2,605 hits in 8,872 at bat (.294 career batting average), a .385 on-base percentage, and a .425 slugging percentage.

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