Rafael Palmeiro, 53, considers a comeback


"There's no doubt in my mind I can do it", Palmeiro told Rosenthal, per Yahoo's Chris Cwik.

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. I've been working out for years. Today, a handful of well-known players test positive and serve their suspensions every year and return seamlessly to the clubhouse.

His playing days came to an end on a low note, however, after he received a 10-day suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in 2005.

Just months before that, 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". "Maybe 12 years later, I can prove to the whole world that I didn't need anything to have a good career", he says.

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"It would be an interesting story", Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette said, ESPN reported.

If Palmeiro comes back to the MLB, he'll be the oldest player to ever play in the league. "It's like tying your shoes".

Palmeiro, who played 1,000 games and seven seasons over two stints with the Orioles and is one of five players in history with more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, isn't lacking for confidence. "If you can hit, then you can hit". The 22-year-old plays for the Class-A affiliate, but dad doesn't plan on spending any time in the minors.

Rafael Palmeiro believes he has more to offer the game of baseball, and more to prove as well. In 1991, 45-year-old Jim Palmer, who had last played in 1984 and had been elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990, came to spring training, but he suffered a hamstring injury warming up for a Grapefruit League game. But Palmeiro thinks he still has something to prove after alleged steroid use tainted the end of his career.