Palmeiro, 53, working on returning to majors

From ESPN - December 6, 2017

Rafael Palmeiro, who's 53 and last played in 2005, says he is thinking about trying to make a comeback.

Palmeiro told The Athletic "there's no doubt in my mind I can do it."

A four-time All-Star first baseman, Palmeiro played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles over a 20-year career, racking up over 500 home runs and 3,000 hits -- one of only five major leaguers to achieve that feat.

He said he still has something to prove, however. Palmeiro's career ended in 2005, after he was suspended in August for testing positive for steroids. He was the first major-league baseball player ever suspended for steroids.

Just months earlier, Palmeiro had testified at a Congressional hearing about steroids in baseball and said, "Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period. I do not know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never."

Palmeiro, who retired quietly in September 2005 after the 10-game suspension, has always maintained that he never used steroids.


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