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Follow Me on TwitterRob Soria is the Edmonton Oilers' correspondent for OurHometown.ca. Rob was born and raised in Edmonton and is the author of the Edmonton Oilers blog - OilDrop.ca. While his primary writing focus is the Oilers, Rob also covers a number of other sports too! If you have questions or wish to contact Rob, you can email him at rsoria@ourhometown.ca

Could 2017 be the year Tim Raines goes into Cooperstown?
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Could 2017 be the year Tim Raines goes into Cooperstown?

Jan. 8, 2014: When it comes to Tim Raines and the Baseball Hall of Fame, the last 7 years have been very interesting to watch unfold. After debuting on the ballot in 2008 with just 24.3% of the vote, the Montreal Expos legend managed to work his way up to 52.2% in 2013. However, 2014 looked to be another matter altogether and with Wednesday’s announcement of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas as the newest inductions into Cooperstown that fear became a reality. FULL STORY

MLB: Raines awaits his call from the Hall
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MLB: Raines awaits his call from the Hall

Dec. 27, 2013: The fact we are now into year number seven of the Tim Raines Hall of Fame watch is more than a little disappointing. Anyone who watched him play throughout his 23 year career, knows exactly just how good and dominant a ball player he was, Had Raines played for any other team than the Montreal Expos during his first ten years in the big leagues, this would all be a moot point...as he would have been enshrined in Cooperstown long ago. FULL STORY

Nadal surpasses Federer into a class of his own
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Nadal surpasses Federer into a class of his own

Sep. 11, 2013: With his eighth French Open and second US Open crowns added to the books, Rafa Nadal now sits with 13 career Grand Slam titles, just one shy of Pete Sampras and only four back of Roger Federer. For so many years, Federer was looked upon as being the greatest player of all-time but after the year Rafa has just put together, that is simply no longer the case FULL STORY

MLB: Masterson and Cabrera combine to ruin Jays season opener
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MLB: Masterson and Cabrera combine to ruin Jays season opener

Apr. 3, 2013: Justin Masterson out-dueled R.A. Dickey, scattering three hits over six solid innings of work. While shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera proved to be a difference maker, at the plate and in the field, leading the Cleveland Indians to a surprising 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, in both team's 2013 season opener. FULL STORY

Champions League: United collapse, as Madrid and Ronaldo advance
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Champions League: United collapse, as Madrid and Ronaldo advance

Mar. 5, 2013: Through fifty-five minutes of play, Manchester United had employed their game plan to perfection against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League matchup. That all changed in the fifty-sixth minute, when Nani was inexcusably shown a red card by referee Cuneyt Cak?r, turning the tide in Madrid's favour and their eventual 2-1 Madrid victory at Old Trafford. FULL STORY

BBWAA set the bar but ultimately hurt Bagwell and Raines
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BBWAA set the bar but ultimately hurt Bagwell and Raines

Jan. 9, 2013: The BBWAA spoke loud and clear on Wednesday afternoon, electing no one to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996. While many view this as a message sent to the like of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, it ultimately did more to harm the chances of Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell to get into the Hall of Fame. FULL STORY

Expos History: Raines was baseball
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Expos History: Raines was baseball's premier player during the mid 80's

Dec. 28, 2012: Whatever side of the fence you fall on in the Tim Raines Hall of Fame debate, there is next to no debate as to who the best player in baseball during the mid 80's. From 1983 - 1987, there was no player who struck the fear of God into more opponents, than the Montreal Expos leadoff man. FULL STORY

2013 Baseball Hall of Fame - Raines among the very best of his era
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2013 Baseball Hall of Fame - Raines among the very best of his era

Dec. 18, 2012: Tim Raines is making his sixth appearance on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and despite make inroads with certain voters over the last five years, many remain unconvinced the former Montreal Expos great is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. FULL STORY

CFL - Hervey more than ready to take on Eskimos GM role
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CFL - Hervey more than ready to take on Eskimos GM role

Dec. 11, 2012: If yesterday's press conference to announce Ed Hervey as the new General Manger of the Edmonton Eskimos is any indication of what can be expected from this organization moving forward, it appears as though the circus has finally left town. FULL STORY

Eskimos fans finally realize what they had in Ricky Ray
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Eskimos fans finally realize what they had in Ricky Ray

Nov. 25, 2012: Well Edmonton Eskimos fans, what do you think of good ol' Ricky Ray now? After watching the former Esks QB pick apart the Calgary Stampeders, in leading the Toronto Argonauts to the 100th Grey Cup, one has to wonder what is running through the minds of those that had been calling for such a move to be made. FULL STORY


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