Rafael Palmeiro, 53, Considers MLB Comeback 12 Years After Ending Career


I've been working out for years. A 53-year-old trying to hit a Clayton Kershaw curveball either will be hysterically amusing or, if he can actually do it, simply incredible.

Although most teams wouldn't even consider giving Palmeiro a shot Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was automatically opposed to the idea.

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. "It's like tying your shoes".

"If I go to spring training with a legitimate chance to make the team, I won't have to go to the minors", Palmeiro said. According to Rosenthal, Palmeiro "does not sound willing to take any sort of indirect path to the majors", which you would figure would severely hamper his chances if he can't prove to big league execs that he can still hit.

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

It's been nearly 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.

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. He completed his first professional season past year playing 127 games for Low-A Delmarva. Another son, Patrick, played three seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization and a year ago played for the independent Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Claws.

Rafael Palmeiro believes he has more to offer the game of baseball, and more to prove as well. Palmer quickly ended his comeback.

Months before the 10-month suspension enacted in August 2005, he vehemently denied using steroids at a Congressional hearing.