Palmeiro con­sid­ers re­turn­ing to ma­jors at age 53

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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.

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