O's keep it in family, get Raines from Expos


Trade unites father, son as teammates for only 2nd time in history

October 04, 2001|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Come see the kids ... and their dads.

Needing another outfielder and receptive to an idea presented to them, the Orioles acquired Tim Raines from the Montreal Expos yesterday for a player to be named or cash.

The trade puts Raines and his son, Tim Jr., in the same dugout for the final five games of the season, including last night's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Tonight, they'll be in the same outfield. They become only the second father-son teammates in major-league history. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. spent parts of the 1990 and '91 seasons together in Seattle.

"We've never played together," said Raines Sr., a switch-hitter who has also been with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Oakland A's. "This is something a father dreams about."

Syd Thrift, the Orioles' vice president of baseball operations, received a call Tuesday night from Expos general manager Jim Beattie, which initiated the arrival of the seven-time All-Star and baseball's fifth all-time leader in stolen bases with 808.

"He said he had this idea that they'd like to go through with. He hadn't talked to his owner to see if it would be possible for this transaction to take place," Thrift said.

Raines Jr., 22, whose major-league debut on Monday came with his parents in the stands, received the news directly from his father. "He was like, `They did it. We're going to play together. Don't be too nervous.' I haven't played with him since I was 7, 8 years old in Montreal for father-son games."

Manager Mike Hargrove will start the father in left field next to his son in center tonight.

They shared a Triple-A field this summer, though on opposite teams, while the elder Raines was on an injury-rehab assignment. What happens tonight, while sharing the outfield, if a ball is hit in the gap?

"He's got everything unless it's hit directly to me," said Raines Sr. "I'll take left field and the line."

Arriving from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. shortly before last night's game, the father watched from the bench as Raines Jr. led off the first inning with a double and scored on Jeff Conine's sacrifice fly. They tapped fists in the dugout, and Raines Sr. spoke briefly to him.

Raines Sr., completing his 22nd major-league season, began last night with a .295 lifetime average, 168 home runs and 968 RBIs in 2,400 games. He missed the 2000 season while recovering from lupus, and batted .308 with eight doubles and four RBIs in 47 games with the Expos this year after signing a minor-league contract and making the club out of spring training.

"They wanted to do [the trade] for Tim Sr. because of what he's done for baseball. It's a fine family," Thrift said.

Raines Sr. was paid $350,000 by the Expos, and the Orioles aren't responsible for any portion of the salary. He becomes a free agent after the season and wants to continue playing. Asked about the possibility of signing Raines Sr., Thrift said, "We're just going by this season right now."

Hargrove welcomed the extra outfielder, with injuries to Mike Kinkade, Larry Bigbie, Chris Richard, Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons leaving him in a bind. Needing to make room on their 40-man roster, the Orioles placed Kinkade on the 60-day disabled list, a move he wasn't aware of until approached by a reporter after batting practice.

"We felt it made sense to bring him in," Hargrove said. "He gives us a veteran player who knows how to play the game. And I think it's a nice touch that his son's here. We get somebody who can help us, and it also allows a very special thing to happen."

Invisible man?

A career .500 pitcher in the minors before this season, which he began at Double-A Bowie, Rick Bauer will be standing on the Camden Yards mound Saturday wondering if anybody even notices.

His sixth major-league start with the Orioles will coincide with the final game of Cal Ripken's storied career. Emotions will run high throughout the ballpark, where a capacity crowd may someday remember Bauer's name as the answer to a trivia question.

"I'm not sure that'll ever happen," he said, "but it would be nice."

Bauer wasn't Hargrove's handpicked choice to face the Boston Red Sox. His turn just happened to fall on that day.

"My girlfriend and my parents had figured it out. They're the ones who did it before I did," said Bauer, 24, who wasn't on the 40-man roster until having his contract purchased when rosters expanded.

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