Will this former Mississippi State standout return to the Major League Baseball?

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

The 53-year-old slugger reportedly told The Athletic that he is confident he could still play and finish out his career on his own terms.

The 53-year-old Palmeiro, who last played in 2005, told The Athletic that he is thinking about making a comeback.

The Cuba native was one of baseball's most consistent hitters across his 20-year career, which included two stints apiece with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles after starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986.

Palmeiro famously denied ever taking steroids during a congressional hearing early in 2005 but later tested positive and was suspended by the league. "I've take care of myself really well. Everything feels better than when I played". "I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that".

To this day, Palmeiro has maintained that he's never used performance enhancing drugs.

"Maybe 12 years later, if I can come back and prove I don't need anything as an older player with an older body, then people might think, 'OK, maybe he didn't do anything intentionally, '" Palmeiro said.

Although most teams wouldn't even consider giving Palmeiro a shot Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was automatically opposed to the idea. "It's like tying your shoes".

"Maybe 12 years later, I can prove to the whole world that I didn't need anything to have a good career", Palmeiro said, via Bleacher Report.

Palmeiro's son Preston is now a member of the Orioles organization. A 53-year-old trying to hit a Clayton Kershaw curveball either will be hysterically amusing or, if he can actually do it, simply fantastic. The oldest position player in baseball history to date is Julio Franco, who played until he was 48 in 2007.

"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.

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