Harold Baines was one of the game’s most consistent hitters. Year after year, Baines would put up respectable numbers averaging near twenty homers per season with a career Batting Average of .289. As Baines lasted twenty two seasons, he managed to get Hall of Fame worthy numbers that flirted with the 3,000 hit plateau and 350 Home Runs. Many Hall of Fame inductees have numbers comparable to Baines.
Of course, there are reasons why Harold Baines has been far from a sure thing for induction. Aside from being a Designated Hitter, Baines never posted a monster season, or really anything that flirted with MVP caliber. He may have went yard 384 times, but never did so thirty times in a season. He never dominated any offensive category, and though he was a consistent and very good clutch hitter (as evidenced by his high career RBI total), he was not a guy you could build a team around.
Had his knees held up for a longer period of time and enabled him to play in the field more it is possible that he would have a greater chance. As it stands now, Baines will probably not increase his support any more than he already has.