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

Rafael Palmeiro is ready to make a comeback. More

Rafael Palmeiro is ready to make a comeback. More

He told The Athletic "there's no doubt in my mind I can do it".

Here's something I bet you never thought you'd hear: Rafael Palmeiro, who famously testified to Congress in March of 2005 that he never used steroids before getting suspended in August of 2005 for using steroids, is considering an Major League Baseball comeback at the ripe age of 53.

Do you think the Orioles could use a 53-year-old left-handed hitter?

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.

"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". He was suspended after testing positive for anabolic steroids in 2005, leading to his retirement. I've been working out for years.

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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".

"If I go to spring training with a legitimate chance to make the team, I won't have to go to the minors", he said, per CBS Sports.

Although most teams wouldn't even consider giving Palmeiro a shot Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was automatically opposed to the idea. Palmeiro actually played in one game with Patrick in the Atlantic League in 2015 and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Duquette said. "It's like tying your shoes".

Preston hit.253 with 13 home runs and 77 RBIs for Low-A Delmarva in 2017.

Rafael Palmeiro believes he has more to offer the game of baseball, and more to prove as well. Palmeiro has been penalized by the voters because of his failed steroid test, and in his fourth year of eligibility, he fell off the ballot after failing to receive the required 5 percent of the vote.

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