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Rafael Palmeiro, you aren’t helping

Aug 10, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

Earlier I said that Barry Bonds’ chances of getting into the Hall of Fame eventually weren’t that bad. Well, with endorsements like these, maybe they’re worse than I thought:

 Former Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro said Friday that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds should be voted into the Baseball 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. “Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility.”

And who knows credibility better than Rafael Palmeiro?


Eh, doesn’t matter. I will observe, however, that for a guy who says that he’s put the Hall of Fame behind him — as he does again in this article — Rafael Palmeiro gives an awful lot of interviews about the Hall of Fame.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I think you’re just beating a dead horse here.

  2. mybrunoblog - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Getting an endorsement from Rafael Palmeiro is like seeking marriage advice from Larry King.

  3. CJ - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    This is totally and entirely unrelated, but Craig, I’d like to congratulate you on your second job in the marketing department at Woot! It’s good to see the skills you’ve developed here are being put to use in other areas as well.

  4. rcali - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I repeat(wagging my finger), I did not leave a comment on this article.

  5. mydadyourmom - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Give Raffi a break, he was a hell of a ballplayer, roids or no roids.

    • kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      How do you know?

  6. braddavery - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    lol Give it up, Raffy. You aren’t getting into the Hall. This whole “These guys cheated and they should get in so I can use that as a way to get in too” schtick is completely obvious.

  7. number42is1 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Rafael Palmeiro? the Viagra guy????? What’s he got to do with baseball????

  8. randygnyc - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”.

    Oops, wrong finger wagging denial.

  9. kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    That’s the problem with the pro-letting Bonds into the HoF argument. Once you go down that road, then you have to consider Sosa, McGwire and Palmeiro, all of whom have the raw numbers but probably wouldn’t have gotten them without the ‘roids.

    Let them all in and your have a clown Hall of Fame, bro.

    • ptfu - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      So we should keep Bonds out because some BBWAA voters can’t think clearly about Sosa, McGwire, and Palmeiro?

      Nonsense. The Bonds decision should be based solely on his accomplishments, not on voters’ deficiencies concerning other players.

  10. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Let me get this straight – Craig is claiming that a player who failed a drug test actually used PED’s?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Name one player whose entire drug testing procedure was not found to have violated rules agreed upon between the league and the union who I have defended.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Just saying, Palmeiro had his ready made excuse too, “Miguel Tejada gave me a B12 shot, the bastard!”

  11. DJ MC - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    To be fair, when it comes to giving a lot of interviews on a particular subject, isn’t it the fault of reporters who keep asking the questions?

    If he was holding press conferences on the subject, sure. But since he is in essentially the same boat as Bonds and Clemens, and was a lot more media-friendly through his career than those and others bailing out that particular dinghy, he gets the calls that writers don’t want to pass through Sosa’s “interpreter”.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    “Rafael Palmeiro gives an awful lot of interviews about the Hall of Fame.”

    What the hell else are the going to interview him about? How he keeps his mustache so Tom Selleck fresh?

    • kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      That’s a true cookie duster.

      • number42is1 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        makes him look like hes got something to hide

      • kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Makes him look like a 70s porn star. Hey there, Johnny Wadd. 😀

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        kkolchak, so what you’re saying is….we’re lucky he only wagged his finger at Congress?

  13. pxeeks - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Does A-rod get in? That will b interesting.

  14. braddavery - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    The funniest part of this is, if Palmeiro would have never been caught doing PEDs, he would have made the HOF… and would he would have been vocally against guys like Bonds and Clemens getting in because they cheated. This is how this POS’s mind works.

    • thomasjenkins3rd - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      He belongs in the HOF, you don’t get in on your mouth. You get in on stats, as far as the peds. Most players where on them, and you mean to tell me pitchers did not cheat? It was a level playing field for all. Amphetamines ran ramped from the 40’s on and that is illegal and it’s in every club house. They are called greenies!!!! Trust me I know I played ball. It’s BS he belongs!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. t205cobb - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM


  16. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    hey craig, you havent helped anyone either so you have NO room to talk. Coping someone else’s work and trying to pretend its yours isnt a talent junior

    • cur68 - Aug 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      speling is ur fren.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        you are my friend also, i mean you follow me around on every post i make cause i am your hero

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