I ask because it's an interesting discussion.
The question is 'who would you rather have for their entire career?'
Brock was Raines and Henderson before the 80's. But both would eventually surpass him statistically, Henderson easily.
Brock is not a sabr 'good' ball player. Raines appears far superior statistically. But Brock had some intense and special live moments in his career.
I bring this up because Bob Costas did.
Raines - .294/.385/.425 - 123 OPS+, 808 out of 954 SB, 66.2 rWAR, 70.6 fWAR, wSB - 101.5, 10359 PA
Brock - .293/.343/.410 - 109 OPS+, 939 out of 1245 SB, 42.8 rWAR, 53.2 fWAR, wSB - 75.0, 11240 PA
I can see why Raines is the easier choice. It's interesting that so many have a hard time putting Raines in but Brock got in so easily.
Something that really stands out
Raines - 1330/966
Brock - 761/1730
Times on Base
Raines - 3977
Brock - 3833 (and almost 1000 more PA)