Texas Rangers: Rafael Palmeiro Wants To Return To Baseball
Rafael Palmeiro is arguably one of the best baseball players in history is looking to make a comeback into baseball. Apparently, his plan is not to return as a coach, but actually as a player. The former member of the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles believes he’s still able to play baseball at the age of 53.
Palmeiro had two stints with the Texas Rangers. The first from 1989 to 1993 and the second from 1999 to 2003. Palmeiro is only one of the five baseball players in history to have at least 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. His career ended in a drastic way in 2005 after a suspension because of a drug tested where he tested positive for anabolic steroids, which he swore under oath to never taking.
Ken Rosenthal broke the news of Palmeiro’s desire to return to Major League Baseball for the first time in 12 years. In an interview with The Athletic, Palmeiro insists he’s still able to play professional baseball and that he’s still in good shape. Palmeiro is 100 percent confident he can return to baseball and make an impact.
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So should Palmeiro attempt a comeback to baseball? No. Palmeiro’s courage and heart is certainly an amazing thing. His fans will always remember him for that as well as his unique ball skills. While he insists that despite being 53-years-old, he’s still able to play, it’s best for him to stay retired. Franchises are in need of players with futures, not pasts. A career in coaching baseball could be in his best interest. He’d excel as a coach.
Palmeiro wants to avenge the way his career originally ended because of the whole steroid controversy. He doesn’t to go down as a disgrace to baseball. In other words, Palmeiro wants the right the wrongs. In the Texas Rangers organization, he’ll always be respected and forever loved for what he did for the club.
Despite the controversy, Palmeiro has been able to enjoy some post-career achievements. In 2008, he was inducted into the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame and in 2009, he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. However, Palmeiro wants to make it to the MLB Hall of Fame.