53-Year Old Rafael Palmeiro Considering MLB Comeback

07 Décembre, 2017, 00:30 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Rafael Palmeiro last played in the majors in 2005

Rafael Palmeiro wants to pull a Minnie Minoso.

"Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period", Palmeiro said.

Palmeiro told The Athletic that he's not interested in playing independent ball to show he can still play, saying he believes if he's given the opportunity to make a major league club in spring training, he can prove he belongs on his own merit. The desire to play again seems to stem from some sort of quest for redemption and closure on a career that ended in disgrace in August of 2005 after he was the first high-profile player popped with a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. I've taken care of myself really well.

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The Cuba native was one of baseball's most consistent hitters across his 20-year career, which included two stints apiece with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles after starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986.

Palmeiro told The Athletic he believes he can still play in the majors, despite not standing in a batter's box at that level in 12 years. "Maybe 12 years later, if I can come back and prove I don't need anything as an older player with an older body, then people might think, OK, maybe he didn't do anything intentionally".

Julio Franco became the oldest regular player in the league when he played 55 games for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets in 2007 at the age of 49, hitting.222/.321/.289 with a home run and 16 RBI. Regardless, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette told The Athletic that Palmeiro's comeback would be an "interesting story", adding, "It's like tying your shoes ..." He'll have a hard time convincing any team to invite him to spring training.

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