Palmeiro considers returning to majors at age 53
Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro is considering attempting a return to the majors — at age 53.
Palmeiro, who is one of just five players in big league history with 3,000 hits and 500 homers — told The Athletic he’s confident he could help a major league club if given the opportunity.
“There’s no doubt in my mind I can do it,” Palmeiro told The Athletic. “I’ve taken care of myself really well. I’ve been working out for years. Everything feels better than when I played.”
Palmeiro’ is considering a comeback partly to seek redemption after the disgraceful way his career ended with the Orioles amid a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005, weeks after making a finger-wagging denial of taking PEDs during a Congressional hearing.
Since then, Palmeiro’s career has been stained as he became one of the faces of the PED era. Despite his Hall of Fame credentials, he was removed from the Hall of Fame ballot after just four years because he did not receive enough votes to remain eligible.