Tim Raines was not just a base stealer; he was a smart base stealer. He finished his career with base stealing percentage of 84.7 which is the highest among any player who swiped 300. To get so many steals, you have to get on base. Raines was a very good contact hitter and even won a batting title. Subsequently, he had a great eye and knew how to get on base via the walk. With a touch of power, Tim Raines was everything you wanted in a leadoff hitter.
What works against Tim Raines is a cocaine admission in 1982 and the fact that his role in two Yankees World Series championships was limited at best. Raines was a great player, but may not have the overall career to make it in. His percentage numbers will likely increase year to year from the voting committee but could still fall short when the fifteen years are up.