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Friday 25, Sep 2015

  Rafael Palmeiro Signs Contract With Sugar Land Skeeters

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Disgraced slugger Rafael Palmeiro has signed a contract with independent Sugar Land Skeeters that will make the twenty-year MLB veteran play final three games of the season alongside son Patrick, an infielder with the Texas club.

Rafael Palmeiro, who has not played professional baseball in more than a decade, signed the contact with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, an eight-team association outside Major League Baseball’s traditional farm system. In a release issued by the club, the 50-year-old Palmeiro said we discussed me playing earlier this year and it is something that he has looked forward to since then. Rafael added the chance to play with his son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and he is very excited to make it happen this weekend.

The return of Palmeiro comes a decade after an illustrious major league career that was all set for the Hall of Fame until a positive test for Stanozolol (Winstrol), an anabolic steroid, was revealed just five months after Rafael Palmeiro emphatically denied under oath of ever using performance enhancing drugs. Rafael continues to maintain he never made use of anabolic steroids intentionally.

A four-time All-Star who played 20 major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles, Palmeiro retired with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits that made him one of only five players in the history of Major League Baseball to be a member of both the 500-home run and 3,000-hit clubs — Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, and Alex Rodriguez are the others.

This is not the first time the minor-league club based in Sugar Land has made headlines with an unusual signing. In 2012, a pair of starts for the Skeeters was made by Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner named 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball, when he was 50 years old. Last year, seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady made the opening day roster of the Skeeters as a pitcher. McGrady made four appearances, allowing four hits and five runs while recording a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

The retired Cuban American Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder played for the Cubs (1986–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and the Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005). Rafael was named to the MLB All-Star Team four times and also has the distinction of winning the Gold Glove three times. Palmeiro was a part of 2,831 major league games, which is the most by any player who never participated in the World Series. Palmeiro was identified as a fellow steroid user by former Rangers teammate José Canseco in his 2005 book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Canseco claimed he personally injected Rafael Palmeiro with anabolic androgenic steroids. Palmeiro appeared at a Congressional hearing on March 17, 2005 about steroids in baseball and denied ever using steroids while under oath. Palmeiro was suspended for ten days on August 1, 2005 after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

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Tuesday 11, Oct 2011

  Jason Stevenson will get a first crack at Canseco

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Jason Stevenson of Redding will get a first crack at ex-major leaguer Jose Canseco and the Yuma Scorpions when the Chico Outlaws independent league baseball team begins a 14-game, three-venue series with the Scorpions at 7 p.m. at Tiger field in Redding.

The first five games are at Tiger field, the second quintet is set for Shasta College, while the last four contests between the two teams begin at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 8 at Nettleton Stadium in Chico.

Canseco specifically identified Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Jorge Delgado, Damaso Moreno, and Manuel Collado as steroid users.

Thursday 29, Sep 2011

  Former MVP admits regret

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Jose Canseco, the former baseball slugger, has expressed regret over his involvement in the sport’s ongoing steroids controversy in a one-hour documentary titled, “Jose Canseco: The Last Shot.”

Canseco regretted “mentioning players (as steroids users)” in his book “Juiced” that was published in 2005 and ultimately led to a congressional hearing on doping in the sport.

“I never realized this was going to blow up and hurt so many people,” Canseco said in the interview.

Saturday 30, Jul 2011

  Raga suspended for banned steroid use

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Raga suspended for banned steroid useReds Minor League catcher Jose Raga was recently placed under suspension after he tested positive for a banned steroid.

A catcher with Cincinnati’s Venezuelan Summer League affiliate tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Raga has received a 50-game suspension, according to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball.

Saturday 09, Apr 2011

  Palmeiro Said He Never Used Steroids

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Palmeiro Said He Never Used SteroidsRafael Palmeiro, who is accused of using steroids, said he has never used performance enhancing drugs in his amazing career.

Palmeiro hopes that his statement would be enough for the Hall of Fame voters to ignore the error and honor him for his 3020 hits and 569 homeruns.

Palmeiro told Sports Illustrated that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs.

Tuesday 29, Mar 2011

  Hall of Fame ballot has many suspected steroid users

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Hall of Fame ballot has many suspected steroid usersRafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez, suspected steroid users, are on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. They join Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, both having fallen just short in last year’s vote.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America said former Most Valuable Players Jeff Bagwell and Larry Walker, and former Rookies of the Year Benito Santiago and Raul Mondesi also will be on the 33-man ballot.

The complete ballot: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, John Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Lenny Harris, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, John Olerud, Rafael Palmeiro, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Kirk Rueter, Benito Santiago, Lee Smith, B.J. Surhoff, Alan Trammell, and Larry Walker.

Friday 25, Mar 2011

  Failed drug test was a mistake, says Palmeiro

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Failed drug test was a mistake, says PalmeiroRafael Palmeiro is sticking to his story that a tainted vitamin shot resulted in a failed drug test five years ago and is hopeful that Hall of Fame voters will overlook the mistake and honor him for his 3,020 hits and 569 home runs.

“I was telling the truth then and I am telling the truth now,” Palmeiro said.

Baseball voters have earlier denied Mark McGwire and the once certain election of Palmeiro to the Hall is in jeopardy.

Friday 25, Mar 2011

  Positive steroid test haunts Rafael Palmeiro

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Positive steroid test haunts Rafael PalmeiroRafael Palmeiro maintains he did nothing wrong five years after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The former Ranger talked about the positive test during a rare interview recently while he watched his son play for the McKinney Marshals in a Texas Collegiate League game.

Palmeiro continues to maintain that he took a tainted shot of vitamin B12.

Friday 25, Feb 2011

  Palmeiro says he never used steroids

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Palmeiro says he never used steroidsRafael Palmeiro, who is accused of using steroids, has said that he never made use of performance enhancing drugs in his illustrious career.

Palmeiro is hoping that his statement will be enough for Hall of Fame voters to overlook the mistake and honor him for his 3,020 hits and 569 homers.

Palmeiro told Sports Illustrated he never used performance enhancing drugs.

Sunday 13, Feb 2011

  Alomar and Blyleven find places in Hall of Fame

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Alomar and Blyleven find places in Hall of FameRoberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven became Hall of Famers recently. Sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell, and Juan Gonzalez came nowhere close and it seems that cloud of the Steroids Era will prevent them from gaining the place in the near future.

Alomar was picked on 90 percent of the ballots by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Blyleven was picked on 79.7 percent; it takes 75 percent to make it to the grade.

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