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53-Year-Old Rafael Palmeiro Wants To Make A Comeback To The MLB
It’s been almost 13 years since Rafael Palmeiro played in the Majors, but he’s not going to let old age stop him from continuing his dream of playing again.
The 53-year-old last played in 2005, and he is seriously considering making an MLB comeback.
Palmeiro told The Athletic, “there’s no doubt in my mind I can do it.”
Over his 20-year career, Palmiero played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He is currently one of only five major leaguers to have more than 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.
His career ended on a sour note in 2005 after he was suspended for testing positive for steroids, making him the very first major leaguer to be suspended for PED use. What made it worse was when Palmeiro testified at a Congressional hearing about steroids in baseball and said, “Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids — period. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.”
Now after so many years away from the game, he wants a chance to prove he can do it while clean:
“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.
“I want to prove to myself I can do it on a high level,” Palmeiro said, “then walk away feeling good about the whole body of work.”