Traina Thoughts: A Rafael Palmeiro Come Back Would Be Highly Entertaining


Rafael Palmeiro stepping up in the box and taking a few practice hacks at the plate was a staple in Baltimore for years.

The former slugger, who retired in 2005 after becoming the first Major League Baseball player suspended for steroids, is talking about making a comeback.

Palmeiro is one of only five players in MLB history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, though he was removed from the the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot after just four years after not receiving enough votes to remain on the ballot.

Would a comeback help erase that?

Palmeiro told The Athletic Wednesday that he could still play in the Major Leagues, even at age 53.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can do it", Palmeiro said to Rosenthal.

His playing days came to an end on a low note, however, after he received a 10-day suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in 2005. I've been working out for years.

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"Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period", he testified at the time, ESPN reported. "I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that".

That is entirely because Palmeiro has been labeled a steroid user, something he has strongly denied.

Palmeiro still maintains he never used steroids. Duquette said. "It's like tying your shoes".

If Palmiero does end up in the Orioles dugout, his son Preston would be a co-worker of sorts. The 22-year-old first baseman hit.253 with 13 home runs and 77 RBIs while playing for the team's Class-A affiliate, Delmarva, last season. Julio Franco now holds the record.

Julio Franco is thought to be MLB's oldest regular position player, having retired in 2007 at age 49. He'll have a hard time convincing any team to invite him to spring training.

He said he still has something to prove, however.