Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro Considering Comeback At Age 53

Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro Considering Comeback At Age 53

Rafael Palmeiro wants to pull a Minnie Minoso.

If Palmeiro did make a Major League squad this year, he would be the oldest player in the games history, surpassing Julio Franco by more than 4 years. He is adamant he can still rake, telling The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, "There's no doubt in my mind I can do it".

Would a comeback help erase that?

Palmeiro, who also played for the Chicago Cubs and Texas during a 20-year career, is one of five players who hit 500 home runs and also compiled 3,000 hits. "I've take care of myself really well".

Just months before he tested positive, Palmeiro gave an unforgettable testimony at a Congressional hearing about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. I've been working out for years.

Palmeiro has maintained that he has never used steroids. "I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that".

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Palmeiro was in the majors so long ago that he played in Wrigley Field's first night game in 1988.

"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", Palmeiro said. Julio Franco now holds the record.

Although most teams wouldn't even consider giving Palmeiro a shot Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was automatically opposed to the idea. "It's like tying your shoes".

Meanwhile, Palmeiro's youngest son, Preston, is now a member of the Orioles minor league system. He'll have a hard time convincing any team to invite him to spring training. The 22-year-old plays for the Class-A affiliate, but dad doesn't plan on spending any time in the minors.

As of right now, Minoso, a White Sox legend, is the fourth-oldest player to appear in a Major League Baseball game.

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