Rafael Palmeiro, 53, Considers MLB Comeback 12 Years After Ending Career

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Rafael Palmeiro hasn't played in the major league since 2005, but now the 53 year old is confident that he can make it back to the MLB.

The one thing to keep in mind when it comes to Palmeiro and a serious comeback is that he was always one of the purest hitters in the game, even when his power stroke mysteriously developed in the height of the PED era.

Would a comeback help erase that?

He was suspended during the 2005 season after testing positive, though he continued to deny ever knowingly taking a banned substance. I've been working out for years.

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Palmeiro told Rosenthal the suspension was a "perfect storm that basically destroyed me" and continues to say he never knowingly took any performance-enhancing substances. Palmeiro has been penalized by the voters because of his failed steroid test, and in his fourth year of eligibility, he fell off the ballot after failing to receive the required 5 percent of the vote.

Palmeiro still maintains he never used steroids. "Maybe 12 years later, if I can come back and prove I don't need anything as an older player with an older body, then people might think, 'OK, maybe he didn't do anything intentionally'".

Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette did not entirely dismiss the notion of giving Palmeiro a shot. "It's like tying your shoes". He completed his first professional season past year playing 127 games for Low-A Delmarva. In 1991, 45-year-old Jim Palmer, who had last played in 1984 and had been elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990, came to spring training, but he suffered a hamstring injury warming up for a Grapefruit League game. Julio Franco now holds the record.

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