Comeback not in works, Palmer says

November 22, 1990|By Mark Hyman

Jim Palmer's latest comeback attempt apparently isn't a comeback at all. Palmer said yesterday that "there is no truth" to a report in Tuesday's Denver Post that he seriously is considering resuming his major-league baseball career.

But then he repeated many of the things he told the Post reporter.

"I just told him I was going to throw. You never know. I may play in the Senior [Professional Baseball]League. Why? Because it's something to do."

Palmer, 45, hasn't pitched in a major-league game since May 1984, when the Baltimore Orioles released him. But he often has spoken of trying to resurrect his 19-year career. Monday, during a trip to Denver, he raised the possibility again, saying that he soon will begin throwing three days a week in Baltimore.

Those plans remain sketchy, however. Yesterday, Palmer said he will throw "wherever I can" and that his practice catcher has "yet to be arranged." He hasn't contacted anyone connected with the senior league, he added.

Mostly, though, Palmer seemed surprised that his comeback comments had caused such a stir.

"I think people would like to see it, but I'm not sure how realistic it is," he said of a possible return to the big leagues. "I don't think anyone thinks I am serious, which is probably good."

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