Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Palmeiro Signs Pro Baseball Deal ... At 53 Years Old!

Rafael Palmeiro Signs Pro Baseball Deal ... At 53 Years Old!

Rafael Palmeiro has signed to play for the independent Cleburne Railroaders at age 53, almost 13 years after his last major league game. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.

In December, a month before announcing an attempt to return to the major leagues, Palmeiro told The Athletic, "there's no doubt in my mind I can do it".

"I'm looking forward to it", Palmeiro told the newspaper.

We've known for some time that former Rangers and Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro, despite being 53 years of age, has been angling to revive his playing career.

"Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training", Palmiero said in a text message to the Dallas Morning News. He said he hoped that a big-league club would invite him to spring training, where he could plan to win a job outright.

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"I want to prove to myself I can do it on a high level", Palmeiro said, "then walk away feeling good about the whole body of work".

Palmeiro will get the chance to play alongside his oldest son, Patrick, who also is on the team.

Though the former Bulldog has put up Hall of Fame-worthy statistics, his 20-year Major League career was mostly ignored by the voters following a positive test for performance enhancing drugs during the latter stages of Palmeiro career.

The suspension in August 2005 came a few months after Palmeiro testified before a congressional panel and emphatically pointed his finger in the air when saying he had "never used steroids".

The Railroaders, who are based in Cleburne, Texas, are scheduled to open their season May18 against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

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