Rafael Palmeiro is in North Texas this week to take part in the Rangers’ 40th Anniversary goings-on this weekend, and as an indelible character in our remembrance of not only Rangers’ baseball but the steroid era--the finger-pointing on Capitol Hill, we’ll call it--he was asked while here about the players of said era who are about to be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Namely, he was asked about Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens--and in his opinion, if these two don’t get into Cooperstown, there’s something seriously wrong with the Hall of Fame.
“You’re talking about, in my opinion, probably the best pitcher of all-time and the greatest player of all-time,” Palmeiro said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Keep them out…the Hall of Fame has no credibility.”
Palmeiro’s numbers would suggest that he should be considered for the Hall as well, but the former Ranger and Oriole--who tested positive for PEDs back in 2005--isn’t exactly waiting on pins and needles for the call.
“I know what kind of career I had. I’m good with it,” he said. “I can look at myself in the mirror and feel good and proud of what I accomplished. The Hall of Fame would be icing on the cake, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it. I will accept that and move on and live with it.”