Rafael Palmeiro
54-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
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$Became a free agent in October 2005.
Rafael Palmeiro: Won't Face Perjury Charges
1BFree Agent  
November 11, 2005
Congress will not pursue steroid-related perjury charges against Palmeiro. House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis cited "a lack of evidence" for not filing charges against the player.
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This is about the only thing that's gone right for Palmeiro in the last several months. Palmeiro admitted to testing positive for the steroid stanozolol, which is known by its brand name, Winstrol, though he still says he didn't knowingly put it in his system. Still no word what the disgraced star plans to do in 2006, though it's highly doubtful he'll be playing for the Orioles again. He's now a free agent.
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Apparently Viagra wasn't Palmeiro's only method of pharmaceutical enhancement in 2005, as he celebrated his 3,000th career hit even while knowing he tested positive for steroids earlier in the season and later was suspended 10 games for the violation. Whether or not you choose to believe Palmeiro, his reputation has been tarnished to an extent that he probably won't get a shot at ending his career on a high note as he not only is regarded by fans as a cheater, but also by other players as a traitor because he named names of fellow teammates to baseball and Congress to shake some of the heat. Even if he resurfaces somewhere in 2006, the 41-year-old would receive so much flak that he'd be less effective than in 2005, easily his worst season since 1989.
Palmeiro’s critics blamed his age and declining bat speed. He blamed inconsistencies in his approach to the plate, trying to overcompensate for exaggerated pull shifts. Any way you slice it, the 40-year-old’s home run and RBI totals dropped off significantly in 2004, ending an incredible streak of 10 consecutive non-strike years with at least 37 home runs and 104 RBI. The most surprising thing was that Palmeiro batted only .189 against lefties, against whom he had hit well in the past. The Orioles brought Palmeiro back to be their regular DH in 2005, though he’ll likely sit against many southpaws. He should have a better batting average as a result.
Was 2003 the first signs of old age catching up with Palmeiro? He posted just a .826 OPS against right-handed pitchers, though he was much better (.962) against lefties than normal. He hit just .240/.337/.452 on the road, so a move away from The Ballpark to Camden Yards doesn't bode well. An August where he hit .347 saved him from further disaster, or he would have had three straight months of sub-.247 average to finish the season. His walks dipped a bit, but his K:BB remains solid, so there's some skill left, but a career-low in doubles is troubling. He's been a 40-homer threat each of the last 10 years, but the batting average is starting to slip.
Palmeiro slipped a bit against lefties this year (.220 average in 159 at-bats) but remained his usual steady self. He was a monster after the All-Star break, posting a .401 on-base percentage while slugging .585. He loves hitting at the Ballpark, and is a consistent .280/40 HR/110 RBI threat with increased value in leagues that use on-base percentage as a scoring category. Calf and ankle hampered him in May and June, so expect the occasional nagging injury to bother him from time to time given his age.
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1BFree Agent  
October 30, 2005
Palmeiro, who missed the end of the regular season with an ankle injury and was ostracized from the Orioles after testing positive for steroids, has filed for free agency.
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1BBaltimore Orioles  
September 22, 2005
After speaking with Palmeiro (ankle, personal issues) and his representatives, the Orioles thought it best that the first baseman not play again this season, the Washington Post reports.
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1BBaltimore Orioles  
September 22, 2005
Palmeiro could very well be done for the season, the Associated Press reports, if rumors of his ratting out a teammate by name in his arbitration hearing prove true. ``If in fact that was true, then it probably would not be a good idea [for Palmeiro to return],'' Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo said.
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1BBaltimore Orioles  
September 16, 2005
Palmeiro is expected to rejoin the Orioles for their final homestand, although he will see limited action after being sidelined at home in Texas with knee and ankle injuries, the Associated Press reports.
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1BBaltimore Orioles  
September 6, 2005
Palmeiro will leave the Orioles and return to his Texas home to rehabilitate his ailing right ankle and knee, though he vowed to rejoin the team before the end of the season, the Baltimore Sun reports. "It was their idea ... and I think it is a good idea," Palmeiro said. "I'll be back. I am not sure how long [it will take], but I'll be back."
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