Rafael Palmeiro makes case for Hall
|Former Ranger great Rafael Palmeiro on being voted to the club's all-time team, why he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and more. |
We also discussed how much he thinks about the Hall of Fame, to which he replied he doesn’t unless others broach the topic with him. Palmeiro only received 11% of the votes in his first year of HOF eligibility and 12.6% in the second year.
In 2005 with Baltimore, the final season of his 20-year career, Palmeiro tested positive for an anabolic steroid. He was suspended 10 games. In previous interviews, he has indicated that it was a tainted B-12 shot.
“People are questioning my career, my integrity and what I did throughout my career, and it’s unfair. They’re judging me on a mistake in judgment that I made near the end of my career,” Palmeiro said. “If people want to think that I cheated or did something to enhance my performance, then that’s fine. I can’t say anything to make them change their mind, but other than that I played the game the right way. I never cheated the game, never missed any games, never on the DL or anything like that. I’m proud of the way I played the game.
“There is nothing else I can do. I can’t prove it to anyone. It is what it is. Some people are going to believe me and some people are not. That’s just the way it is,” Palmeiro said.
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