Tim Raines a steal for Blue Jays

Former Expos great Tim Raines is now an instructor with the Blue Jays. (QMI Agency)

Former Expos great Tim Raines is now an instructor with the Blue Jays. (QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Tim Raines was hired by the Blue Jays this off-season as a minor-league outfield/base running instructor.

Yet, after a 23-year career, in which he collected 2,605 hits, he recognizes a hitter when he sees ones.

“I’ll tell you a guy who has impressed ... Marcus Knecht,” said Raines watching two games at once at the Bobby Mattick Complex Monday afternoon.

“Marcus reminds me of a young Jason Bay when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates — except he’s stronger.”

North York’s Knecht, 22, hit ,210 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs last season at class-A Dunedin.

Raines heads to Montreal this summer where he played 13 seasons with the Expos for the Jays summer camps.

“Do you think Montreal will ever get a team again?” he asks wistfully, hopefully.


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