Raines should easily walk right into Hall

Speedster had more than 800 stolen bases and reached base nearly 4,000 times

Originally Published: December 31, 2009
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

We've all got our prejudices, and Hall of Fame voters have any number of them.

Unfortunately, two of the voters' many prejudices work squarely against Tim Raines.

Hall of Fame voters are prejudiced against players who were much better in their 20s than in their 30s, and they are prejudiced against players whose offensive value was derived to a large degree from walks.

When Raines was in his 20s, he was an All-Star seven times and routinely appeared on Most Valuable Player ...

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