Raines to Announce Retirement
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MIAMI (AP) _ Florida Marlins outfielder Tim Raines will officially announce his retirement Saturday, ending the career of one of the best leadoff hitters of his time.
Raines, 43, played the final season of his 23-year Major League career with Florida, where he was used mainly as a reserve and pinch hitter.
Raines entered Florida’s season-ending series against Philadelphia with a .188 average and one home run.
In one of his few starts this season, Raines played Florida’s final game of the season in Montreal on Thursday, the city Raines’ began his career in. It was the 2,500th game of Raines’ career.
Raines has 2,604 hits, 808 stolen bases and 1,565 runs scored in his career.
Raines played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Expos, where he participated in seven consecutive All-Star games. Raines also played for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland As and Baltimore Orioles. He returned for a final season with Montreal in 2001.
Late last season, Raines was traded to the Orioles, joining his son, Tim Jr., on the roster. The Raines became only the second father-son team to play with the same major league team, following Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. in Seattle.