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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 12, 2009
Miguel Tejada's guilty plea yesterday might give credibility to Rafael Palmeiro's claims that he received contaminated B-12 from Tejada. The Jason Grimsley affidavit in 2006 was the first hint Palmeiro might have plausible deniability. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
While the National Baseball Hall of Fame was announcing Wednesday that three players in their first year of eligibility - pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas - had been elected by the writers' association in the same year for the first time in 15 years, Rafael Palmeiro was in his Texas home putting away Christmas decorations. The former Orioles slugger didn't realize the announcement had been made until he noticed several missed phone calls. He turned on the TV and learned he had received only 25 votes - half of what he garnered last year - for a total of 4.4 percent, which dropped him from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot in his fourth year of eligibility.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 25, 1994
TORONTO -- His two-run single in the ninth increased the Orioles' lead from 3-1 to 5-1. Considering the Orioles' sorry SkyDome history, it was the perfect time for Rafael Palmeiro to deliver.He's batting .336, and narrowly leads his red-hot rival, Will Clark, in doubles, home runs and runs scored. This could be a monster season for Palmeiro, if he can just start driving in more runs.Clark entered last night tied for the American League lead with 67 RBIs. Palmeiro was tied for second on the Orioles with 38 -- tied with Leo Gomez, who had batted 92 fewer times.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer Staff writer Mark Hyman contributed to this article | March 27, 1994
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Four old friends took a break from their pre-game outfield sprints yesterday and gathered in center field for a chat.Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers and former teammate Rafael Palmeiro of the Orioles were rehashing old times when a relative outsider ran into the middle of the pack and extended his hand.Palmeiro returned the gesture and shared a handshake with Will Clark, clutching the same hand he bit with harsh words during the winter, words taken back by a public apology, but not forgotten.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2004
Imagine how tempting it must have been for the Orioles to throw themselves in front of the Seattle Mariners' bus last night, blocking it from leaving Camden Yards for a little while longer. Usually quick to embrace any open date on the schedule, they'd rather have another crack at a team that knows a few things about lying down. Rafael Palmeiro delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning after a costly error allowed him to bat, and the Orioles complete their sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 victory before 27,539.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1994
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rafael Palmeiro spent one full season and parts of two others with the Chicago Cubs and five with the Texas Rangers. He has yet to play in the postseason.He likes his chances of getting there with the Orioles better than in his previous stops for reasons that stretch beyond talent. The Rangers had a stable of stars and an abundance of power. What didn't they have that the Orioles have?Baseball smarts."This is definitely the most fundamentally sound team of the three I've played for," Palmeiro said.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 25, 1993
His family left Cuba when he was 6. The Palmeiros weren't exactly poor, but little Rafael and his friends would gather outside the Orioles' spring training stadium in Miami, trying to catch home run balls. "Those were the baseballs we practiced with," Rafael recalls.Palmeiro's father, Jose Sr., ran an ice cream stand in Cuba, then worked construction in the United States. "We had everything we needed," Palmeiro says. Still, when it came time for him to attend Mississippi State, he qualified for federal grants on top of his baseball scholarship.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | May 8, 1995
By most standards, Rafael Palmeiro's three-run homer in the seventh inning would be judged as the turning point in the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.Not so said the man who gave up the biggest hit. It was, said losing pitcher David Cone, a relatively obscure at-bat with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning."To me, it all goes back to Brady Anderson," said Cone. "He was the catalyst for them. He had a great at-bat in the fifth inning. I made some real good pitches to him that he barely fouled off and then he got the base hit that got them started."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | December 10, 1993
The Orioles appear to be very close to signing free-agent first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, but a second straight day of intense negotiations ended late last night without an agreement.Orioles general manager Roland Hemond traveled to Chicago on Wednesday for a face-to-face session with agent Jim Bronner, then continued the negotiations throughout the day yesterday. Sources indicated that the club is ready to give Palmeiro the rich five-year deal that he has been seeking, but the structure of the contract apparently still was being worked out when the two sides called it a night.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
The person who perhaps could be helped or hurt most if the National Baseball Hall of Fame offered specific instruction to its voters on whether candidates with a history of using performance-enhancing drugs should be enshrined has his own opinion as to what should happen. Leave it up to the qualifying members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to make their own decision, former Orioles great Rafael Palmeiro says. The Hall of Fame doesn't need to offer any advice beyond what it already suggests about character and integrity, he believes.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who at times was overshadowed at the position by his contemporary -- the Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. -- was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. Larkin, in his second year of eligibility, was named on 86.4 percent (495 votes of 573 ballots) of possible ballots submitted by qualifying members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. A player needs 75 percent inclusion on the ballots to gain enshrinement.
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Kevin Cowherd | October 2, 2011
Rafael Palmeiro strolled into the big sports memorabilia show at the Hilton Hotel in Pikesville Sunday wearing an orange sweater, jeans and a hip goatee that made him look like the bass player in a jazz band. He was nearly three hours late. His flight from Texas had been delayed. Mechanical problems, Palmeiro explained as a crowd quickly formed to have the former Orioles great sign baseballs and bats and whatever else was thrust in front of him. "First time back in Baltimore?" someone asked.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2011
Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro knew heading into Wednesday that his positive test for a banned steroid in 2005 was going to severely damage his chances of being selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first opportunity. He didn't realize, however, exactly how little support he would receive from the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The 2011 Hall results were announced Wednesday afternoon, and Palmeiro was included on just 64 of the 581 ballots submitted — or 11 percent, falling woefully short of the 75 percent needed for induction.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
When results of the 2011 Hall of Fame election are announced at 2 p.m. today, it's likely that a key member of the Orioles' last playoff team will be chosen for induction while another will be left out despite impressive on-field credentials. Second baseman Roberto Alomar, who was a 12-time All-Star, including in each of his three seasons in Baltimore, fell just eight votes short of induction by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on his first attempt last year. It would be highly surprising if Alomar and former big league pitcher Bert Blyleven, who fell five votes short in 2010, did not receive the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2010
Rafael Palmeiro, whose Orioles and baseball career ended in 2005, months after he tested positive for a banned substance, is one of 19 new candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, unveiled Monday. Despite Palmeiro's being one of just four players in the history of the sport to collect at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs — the other three are already enshrined — his chances of making the Hall, at least initially, seem remote at best. Instead, it's his former Orioles teammate, second baseman Roberto Alomar, along with pitcher Bert Blyleven, who is considered the most likely to be inducted this summer.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
At the time, Texas Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's double to right-center in the sixth inning of yesterday's 10-8 win over the Orioles seemed like icing on the cake.After all, he was driving in the first of seven runs in the sixth, on the way to giving the Rangers an 8-0 lead.But when the Orioles came back to score eight runs in the last four innings, with the potential winning run on base in the ninth, Palmeiro's hit loomed a bit larger."It [the game] was fun, but it was more fun when we were up said Palmeiro, who drove in the first run of the game in the first on a grounder to short."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | July 22, 1998
He has never won a batting, home-run or RBI title. He has never finished in the top five in the Most Valuable Player voting. He has made the All-Star team only three times.Is Rafael Palmeiro a Hall of Famer?Not yet.And maybe not even if he hits 400 homers, an unofficial standard that has virtually guaranteed election to Cooperstown, but might be raised in response to the inflated batting statistics in today's game.Palmeiro clearly is one of the best hitters of his generation, and he hit his 30th home run last night in the Orioles' 7-1 victory over Oakland.
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