Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baseball Hall of Fame 2011 Ranger Connection Part 3

The last of the former Texas Rangers who will be on the Hall Of Fame ballot for the first time in 2011 is Rafael Palmeiro. Raffy should be a no-brainer for induction into the HOF. His 20 years in baseball resulted in 2,831 games played, 1,663 runs scored, 3,020 hits, 585 doubles, 569 homers and 1,835 runs batted in. His career batting average stands at .288 with a slugging percentage of .515. Unfortunately, Palmeiro is one of the key figures of the steroid era. I'm willing to wager that if Congress had asked Palmeiro about steroids around the time this shot was taken...

...his statement would have been true. On March 17, 2005, this is what Palmeiro said to Congress. "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."

Just a few months later, Palmeiro would reach 3000 hits and shortly thereafter be suspended by MLB for 10 days for violating the drug policy. Who knows where Palmeiro's career numbers might have ended up had he not used SOMETHING. Like so many other players, we'll never know.

I think that Palmeiro, like Mark McGwire, will someday make it into the Hall of Fame. It may take a while, but as some of the old guard of the BBWAA go away, the big stat guys of the steroid era will find their place in the Hall. It may be a separate wing, even a broom closet, but they'll be there someday.

1 comment:

  1. I agree , I think at some point Raffy gets in. despite what happened at the congressional hearings he has a good guy aspect to him I think.