Rafael Palmeiro: 'An Unfortunate Thing' Ruined My Chances Of Being A Hall Of Famer

Josh Clark
June 12, 2020 - 4:32 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Texas Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro believes he's one of several former players who remain on the outside looking in at the Hall of Fame who should be enshrined in Cooperstown. 

While he didn't specifially address the performance enhancing drug allegations that have surrounded since the end of his career. Palmeiro did acknowledge "an unfortunate thing that ruined everything I had done and ruined my chances of being a Hall of Famer.

"I'm over that. There's nothing I can do," he added. I" think I still have one more shot at it coming up at some point but I'm not getting my hopes up ... I'm not holding my breath. I think I had a pretty good career. I gave everything I had to the game. I wasn't the best player. I didn't have the most talent but I came out and played every day whether I was hurt, sick, good or bad. ... I did everything I could to help my team win. Obviously, what happened to me at the end, took all that away and the vote was just never there, so it is what it is."

Palmeiro would go on to name other players who have been accused of using steroids and said they all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame more than he does.

"People want me to lobby for that (to get into the Hall) but I'm not going to do that," he said. "I'm either a Hall of Famer or not. There's a lot of guys who are more deserving than me that are not in the Hall of Fame like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, (Mark) McGwire and (Sammy) Sosa. I would love to be in the Hall of Fame and be part of that history. I have a lot of respect for the guys that are in there and for the institution itself. But if I'm not a part of it, live goes on, and hopefully the rest of my life will be better than what I've done in the past."

Palmeiro was a four-time all-star and a three-time gold glove winner. He's one of six players who have recorded at least 500 (569) home runs and 3,000 (3,020) hits. 

Just ten days after he collected his 3,000 hit, Palmeiro was suspended for 10 games after he tested positive for a performancing enhancing drug. He would later appeal the ruling but it was denied. 

"I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period. Ultimately, although I never intentionally put a banned substance into my body, the independent arbitrator ruled that I had to be suspended under the terms of the program," he said in a statement after his appeal was denied.  

In 2014, Palmeiro was removed from consideration into the Hall of Fame after his name appeared on only 4.4% of the voters' ballots.