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Raines bows out, says he means it

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published September 29, 2002

MIAMI -- Tim Raines announced his retirement Saturday and said this time, it's for good.

Raines, 43, was one of the best leadoff hitters of his era. A seven-time All-Star, the outfielder spent the final season of his 23-year career with the Marlins as a reserve.

"It's been a great ride," said Raines, sitting between his wife, two sons and agent during a news conference in the Miami Dolphins locker room.

"A lot of players play a long time and don't really know when to quit. I actually feel real good about it. I've reached the maximum, it's time to close the book on my career as a player," he said.

Raines did not start Saturday night against Philadelphia, but Marlins manager Jeff Torborg smiled and said "there's a chance (today)."

Raines entered Saturday with a .188 average and one home run.

He played the first 12 seasons of his career with the Expos, whom he represented in seven consecutive All-Star Games.

Raines also played for the White Sox, Yankees, A's and Orioles. He was a member of Yankees' World Series championship teams in 1996 and '98.

After being diagnosed with lupus, Raines retired from the majors before the 2000 season and tried out for the U.S. Olympic team. He returned for a final season with Montreal in 2001.

"I've done this before, so I have a little experience," Raines said of keeping his composure during the announcement. "Doing it before and having a year to sort of deal with it, then come back ... the second time around you get it right. I kind of feel like (Yankees coach) Don Zimmer, who's been retiring the last five years and has yet to retire."

Raines has 2,604 hits, 808 stolen bases (fifth all-time) and 1,571 runs scored in his career.

ANGELS: Anaheim is the only playoff-bound team in either league that has not had a player of the week.

A'S: Oakland will go with a three-man starting rotation in the first round of the AL divisional series against Minnesota. Right-hander Tim Hudson will start Tuesday's opener of the best-of-five series, followed by left-handers Mark Mulder and Barry Zito. Former Rays right-hander Cory Lidle will pitch out of the bullpen.

CARDINALS: Third baseman Scott Rolen's 31 homers and 110 RBIs match his season bests from 1998 with the Phillies.

CUBS: General manager Jim Hendry reiterated he'll make a decision on the future of interim manager Bruce Kimm soon after the season ends. Kimm replaced the fired Don Baylor in early July and is 32-45. The team was 34-49 under Baylor.

D'BACKS: Struggling reliever Mike Myers threw 25 pitches to left-handers, and pitching coach Chuck Kniffen thought he spotted a flaw in the left-hander's mechanics. Myers pitched a perfect seventh in the game.

EXPOS: Bullpen catcher Carlos Luis Perez was arraigned in Montreal on charges of drug possession with intent to export. Police said Perez, 23, had half a kilogram of marijuana in his possession when he was arrested at Olympic Stadium before Friday's game. Perez pleaded not guilty.

GIANTS: Leftfielder Barry Bonds walked in the third and eighth innings to extend his NL record of 18 straight games with a walk. He has a major-league record 198 this season.

METS: Shortstop Rey Ordonez backed off comments calling fans stupid, blaming the frustration of a last-place season on his outburst. In an interview published in the New York Post, Ordonez said the treatment from the fans would lead him to want to leave the team when his contract runs out after next season.

REDS: Jim Lefebvre resigned as hitting coach. The team said it plans to bring the rest of its staff back for 2003.

TIGERS: Centerfielder Hiram Bocachica was driven off the field on a cart after hurting his head on a slide. Bocachica hit his head against Blue Jays second baseman Orlando Hudson's leg as he tried to break up a double play in the sixth. He was motionless for a couple of minutes then helped up.

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