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Timothy Raines, Jr.
(Little Rock)

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Raines shakes hands with an Army Major in 2009.

Tim Raines, who has played several years in the majors, had a good year in the minors in 2008, posting a batting line of .311/.346/.530 and stealing 28 bases in AAA ball. In March 2009 he was signed to a minor league contract by the Chicago White Sox.

When he first came up to the majors in 2001 with the Baltimore Orioles, he was one of the youngest players in the American League. He had his most major league at-bats in 2004, when he hit .255. He fought for playing time against Luis Matos.

One of two players to play with his father in the same major league game (Ken Griffey, Jr. is the other). Raines' uncle, Ned Raines, was a minor league outfielder from 1978 to 1980.

As of 2008, Raines had played eleven seasons in the minor leagues, stealing over 400 bases. His high was 81 in a season. In 2007, he hit .313 split between two teams.

Raines came to Taiwan in May 2009. He debuted on May 3 for the La New Bears, going 1 for 5 with a double and a steal in a 8-5 win over the Sinon Bulls. He hit .327/.367/.473 with 11 stolen bases in 13 tries over 15 games but was inexplicably released. Bloggers reported conflict between Raines and skipper I-Chung Hong.

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