Ex-Expos a Hall pair?

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

The speeches have been made, eyes have been dabbed and the plaques of Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn have been hung ... so what now?

The Hall of Fame ballot which goes out this December will have 14 newcomers, yet former Montreal Expo Tim Raines is the only name which jumps off the list of first-timers.

Raines played 22 seasons, collecting 2,605 hits. His best weapon was speed. He stole 808 bases and was caught 146 times.

All of which means that holdovers such as reliever Goose Gossage and outfielder Andre Dawson will receive more votes.

Enough to get in? We're not sure, but that would be a picture ... Raines and Dawson, two lifelong friends, on the podium next July.

IM BULLETIN

When closer Eric Gagne was dealt to the Boston Red Sox, he text messaged Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin with news of the deal.

Martin's return text: "See you in the World Series."

MUST READ

Make sure you check out ball scribe Jonah Keri on ESPN.com -- if you have not already. Formerly of Baseball Prospectus, Keri is a native Montrealer, the co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers and is writing the screenplay for an IMAX baseball movie.

ROUGH SEASON

Reliever Chris Reitsma struggled with a 7.61 earned run average in July for the Seattle Mariners.

The Calgary native underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to correct inflammation in his right elbow.

"Basically," Reitsma told reporters, "I have a 60-year-old elbow."

Reitsma, who allowed 37 hits, nine bases on balls and 20 earned runs in 232/3 innings, likely will miss the remainder of the season after experiencing nerve damage when he was with the Atlanta Braves a year ago.

Reitsma fractured the bone in his elbow in 1997 and has had problems with the joint since. He was on the disabled list twice this season, and missed most of last year with Atlanta to fix nerve damage that caused his throwing hand to go numb.

RAD MAN

Edmonton Cracker-Cats' Ryan Radmanovich hit two homers last weekend at Winnipeg's CanWest Global Park giving him 250 home runs in his pro career.

A breakdown of his home runs: Two with the Mariners in 1998; 29 at class-A (with Fort Wayne and Fort Myers in the Twins system), 25 at double-A (New Britain), 97 at triple-A (Salt Lake, Twins; Tacoma, M's; Las Vegas, Portland, Padres; Nashville, Pirates); two with Monterey in Mexico; 87 with Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League and 10 with Edmonton in the independent Northern League.

Two more home runs by the Calgary '88 Selects product and he will rank in the top 10 for minor league home runs since 1980.

LONG SUMMER

Toronto's Adam Garner went the distance and was a hard-luck loser for the Danbury Westerners in a 4-2, 10-inning loss to the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Collegiate League.

Garner, who attends Oklahoma Baptist, retired 14 in a row and 17 of 18 from the fourth to the ninth. He struck out a season-high eight.


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