52 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!
Hall of Famer Tim Raines, briefly known as “Rock” upon joining the Sox, is tied with Bibb Falk and Tommy McCraw for 52nd in franchise history with 50 home runs.
Here are some Raines Sox home run notes:
*Raines ended his Sox career as the franchise leader among switch-hitters with 50 home runs. He is currently third behind Ray Durham (106) and Jose Valentin (136)
*Only Magglio Ordonez (187) hit more homers than Raines while wearing No. 30 for the Sox
*Raines’ 16 homers in 1993 were the second-highest output by a Sox switch-hitter at the time behind Ken Henderson’s 20 in 1974. … Raines’ total currently ranks tied for 13th
*Raines hit his first Sox homer on May 1, 1991 as a designated hitter. He finished his Sox career with six DH homers
*Raines hit nine game-starting homers for the Sox, including five in 1993. … Raines is tied with Adam Eaton for second behind Durham’s 20 in this category. … The five game-starters Raines hit in 1993 stood as a team record until Durham hit six in 1991.
*On Aug. 31, 1993, Raines joined Henderson as the only Sox players to homer from both sides of the plate in a game. Raines did it in an 11-3 win at Yankee Stadium while Henderson accomplished the feat on Aug. 21, 1975 at Baltimore
*None of Raines’ 50 White Sox homers were grand slams or walkoffs or postseason shots or came in extra innings
*On May 28, 1991, Raines became the first White Sox switch-hitter to homer at New Comiskey Park