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Rafael Palmeiro Reportedly Considering MLB Comeback At Age 53

Rafael Palmeiro on base for the Baltimore Orioles.

Palmeiro believes he can still play.

Former MLB first basemen Rafael Palmeiro hasn't played in the MLB in 12 years, but the 53-year-old believes he's still got enough in the tank to make a return, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Despite getting up there in age, Palmeiro says he "feels better than when he played," and the former star believes he still has something to prove.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can do it," Palmeiro said. "I've taken care of myself really well. I've been working out for years. Everything feels better than when I played."


"Maybe 12 years later, I can prove to the whole world that I didn't need anything to have a good career," he said. "Maybe 12 years later, if I can come back and prove I don't need anything as an older player with an older body, then people might think, 'OK, maybe he didn't do anything intentionally.'"

Palmeiro posted a .288/.371/.515 triple-slash line for his 20-year career. He also hit 569 homers and earned three straight Golden Glove Awards in 1997, 1998 and 1999.