Palmer, 45, comes back to comeback talk again

November 21, 1990|By Mark Hyman

For the sixth consecutive year, Jim Palmer is talkin comeback.

Every off-season since the Baltimore Orioles released him in May 1984, Palmer has raised the possibility of reviving his 19-year career.

Monday, during a trip to Denver, Palmer, 45, did it again, telling The Denver Post: "I'm going to start throwing three days a week next week in Baltimore. I'll know what I can do in about three weeks. I'd probably go to the Senior [Professional Baseball] League for a month. We'll just have to play it by ear."

He said none of his outside interests would prevent this.

"I can always be a broadcaster, and I just signed a three-year deal with Jockey, but nobody has ever come back after being inducted into the Hall of Fame," he said.

Palmer, the Orioles' winningest pitcher, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January in his first year of eligibility. Since his baseball career ended, Palmer has continued in his job as corporate spokesman and underwear model for Jockey International, a company he has represented since 1975. Last year, he broadcast Orioles games on Channel 2 and was a commentator on ESPN baseball telecasts.

Palmer, who was traveling yesterday, couldn't be reached for comment.

Aside from pitching, Palmer's plans for next season could include several broadcasting jobs. WMAR is negotiating with him to return to Channel 2's Orioles games for a third season, this time as a play-by-play man and analyst. For the first two years, Palmer strictly did play-by-play, and he has expressed doubts about returning in the new role.

Palmer also is negotiating with ESPN, perhaps to increase his work from one to two games a week.

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