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Full Name: Rafael (Corrales) Palmeiro Primary Position: 1B,DH
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/180 First Game: September 8, 1986
Birthdate: September 24, 1964 Final Game: August 30, 2005
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba MLB Experience: 20 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Rafael Palmeiro (Rafael (Corrales) Palmeiro) was born on September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba. He made his Major League debut on September 8, 1986 for the Chicago Cubs. In 1987, his rookie year, he hit .276 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI. Palmeiro played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles over the course of his 20 year career.

There is some disagreement on what was Rafael Palmeiro's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1996, when he slugged 39 home runs, hit for a .289 average and knocked in 142 runs. However, others believe that it was 1993, when he slugged 37 home runs, hit for a .295 average and knocked in 105 runs.

Steroids

Palmeiro was named as a steroid-user in Jose Canseco's 2005 book Juiced, in which Canseco claimed he personally injected Palmeiro with steroids.

On March 17, 2005, Palmeiro famously appeared before a United States Congressional hearing, wagged his finger at those present, and stated under oath, "Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period."[1]

On August 8, 2005, Palmeiro was suspended for ten games after failing a steroids test [2]. It was reported that Palmeiro implicated then-fellow-Oriole Miguel Tejada in his failed test, claiming that a supplement he received from Tejada caused the failed test. [3]

Palmeiro is also one of the players mentioned in baseball's Mitchell Report. The report essentially rehashes Palmeiro's performance in front of a United States Congressional Committee, his failed drug test, and his subsequent attempt to blame his failed test on tainted B-12 injections.

Career Highlights

  • All-Star Games: 4 times (1988, 1991, 1998, 1999)
  • Gold Glove Award: 3 times (1997-1999)
  • Silver Slugger Award: 2 times (1998, 1999)
  • Had at least 38 HR and 104 RBI for 9 straight seasons from 1995 to 2003
  • Had at least 22 HR and 76 RBI for 14 straight seasons from 1991 to 2004
  • Finished in the top ten in AVG 5 times and hit .300 6 times
  • Finished in the top ten in SLG 7 times and finished his career with a .515 mark, 66th best all-time
  • Played in 2831 career games, 15th most all-time
  • Had 10472 career at bats, 14th most all-time
  • Led the league in runs in 1993 and finished with 1663 in his career, 29th all-time
  • Has 3020 hits for his career, 23rd most all-time
  • Finished in the top ten in total bases ten times and has 5388 for his career, 10th most all-time
  • Led the league in doubles in 1991 and has 585 for his career, 14th most all-time
  • Finished in the top ten in HR 11 times and has 569 for his career, 9th most all-time.
  • Finished in the top ten in RBI 9 times and has 1835 for his career, 14th most all-time
  • Finished in the top ten in BB's 7 times and has 1353 for his career, 28th most all-time

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1986 CHI N 22 73 9 18 3 12 .247 .295 .425 4 0 4 6 1 0 1 0 4
1987 CHI N 84 221 32 61 14 30 .276 .336 .543 15 1 20 26 1 0 2 1 4
1988 CHI N 152 580 75 178 8 53 .307 .349 .436 41 5 38 34 3 2 12 6 11
1989 TEX A 156 559 76 154 8 64 .275 .354 .374 23 4 63 48 6 2 4 3 18
1990 TEX A 154 598 72 191 14 89 .319 .361 .468 35 6 40 59 3 2 3 6 24
1991 TEX A 159 631 115 203 26 88 .322 .389 .532 49 3 68 72 6 2 4 10 17
1992 TEX A 159 608 84 163 22 85 .268 .352 .434 27 4 72 83 10 5 2 8 10
1993 TEX A 160 597 124 176 37 105 .295 .371 .554 40 2 73 85 5 2 22 22 8
1994 BAL A 111 436 82 139 23 76 .319 .392 .550 32 0 54 63 2 0 7 1 11
1995 BAL A 143 554 89 172 39 104 .310 .380 .583 30 2 62 65 3 0 3 5 12
1996 BAL A 162 626 110 181 39 142 .289 .381 .546 40 2 95 96 3 0 8 12 9
1997 BAL A 158 614 95 156 38 110 .254 .329 .485 24 2 67 109 5 0 5 6 14
1998 BAL A 162 619 98 183 43 121 .296 .379 .565 36 1 79 91 7 0 11 8 14
1999 TEX A 158 565 96 183 47 148 .324 .420 .630 30 1 97 69 3 0 2 14 12
2000 TEX A 158 565 102 163 39 120 .288 .397 .558 29 3 103 77 3 0 2 17 14
2001 TEX A 160 600 98 164 47 123 .273 .381 .563 33 0 101 90 7 0 1 8 8
2002 TEX A 155 546 99 149 43 105 .273 .391 .571 34 0 104 94 6 0 2 16 10
2003 TEX A 154 561 92 146 38 112 .260 .359 .508 21 2 84 77 5 0 2 9 7
2004 BAL A 154 550 68 142 23 88 .258 .359 .436 29 0 86 61 6 0 2 15 15
2005 BAL A 110 369 47 98 18 60 .266 .339 .447 13 0 43 43 2 0 2 4 9
Total NL 258 874 116 257 25 95 .294 .341 .462 60 6 62 66 5 2 15 7 19
Total AL 2573 9598 1547 2763 544 1740 .288 .373 .519 525 32 1291 1282 82 13 82 164 212
Total 2831 10472 1663 3020 569 1835 .288 .371 .515 585 38 1353 1348 87 15 97 171 231

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1986 CHI N OF 20 18 150.2 34 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1986 CHI N LF 19 15 131.2 33 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .921
1986 CHI N RF 3 3 19 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1987 CHI N OF 45 34 312 64 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1987 CHI N RF 2 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1987 CHI N LF 44 33 308 67 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1987 CHI N 1B 18 13 120 112 8 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1988 CHI N 1B 5 3 34.2 30 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1988 CHI N OF 147 143 1254.1 292 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1988 CHI N RF 3 2 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1988 CHI N LF 145 141 1237.1 287 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1988 CHI N CF 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1989 TEX A OF 1 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1989 TEX A 1B 147 142 1237.1 1167 119 12 106 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1989 TEX A LF 1 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1989 TEX A DH 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 TEX A DH 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 TEX A 1B 146 145 1254.2 1215 91 7 123 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1991 TEX A 1B 157 152 1366 1305 96 12 119 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1991 TEX A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1992 TEX A 1B 156 154 1382.2 1251 143 7 131 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1992 TEX A DH 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1993 TEX A 1B 160 158 1395.1 1388 147 5 133 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1994 BAL A 1B 111 110 976.2 959 66 4 87 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1995 BAL A 1B 142 142 1238 1181 119 4 120 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1996 BAL A DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1996 BAL A 1B 159 159 1418.2 1383 119 8 157 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1997 BAL A 1B 155 151 1356 1304 112 10 124 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1997 BAL A DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 BAL A 1B 159 158 1378.1 1435 124 9 127 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1998 BAL A DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 TEX A 1B 28 28 246.1 261 13 1 23 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1999 TEX A DH 127 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 TEX A 1B 108 107 919 820 56 4 86 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2000 TEX A DH 46 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 TEX A 1B 113 113 996.1 905 83 8 112 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2001 TEX A DH 46 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 TEX A DH 55 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 TEX A 1B 97 95 836.1 739 84 5 83 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2003 TEX A DH 97 95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 TEX A 1B 55 55 462.2 445 49 2 53 0 0 0 0 0 .996
2004 BAL A 1B 130 128 1137.2 1089 95 8 114 0 0 0 0 0 .993
2004 BAL A DH 20 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 BAL A DH 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 BAL A 1B 93 82 748.1 746 58 4 68 0 0 0 0 0 .995
Total CF 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total OF 213 196 1726 390 9 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 .978
Total DH 430 421 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 8 6 38 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
Total 1B 2139 2095 18505 17735 1587 111 1782 0 0 0 0 0 .994
Total LF 209 190 1686 387 8 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 .980

Transactions

  • Selected by New York Mets in the 8th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 7, 1982).
  • Selected by Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (22nd pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1985 - signed June 11, 1985).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs with Jamie Moyer and Drew Hall to Texas Rangers in exchange for Mitch Williams, Paul Kilgus, Steve Wilson, Curt Wilkerson, Luis Benitez and Pablo Delgado (December 5, 1988).
  • Granted free agency (October 25, 1993).
  • Signed by Baltimore Orioles (December 12, 1993).
  • Granted free agency (October 23, 1998).
  • Signed by Texas Rangers (December 4, 1998).
  • Granted free agency (October 27, 2003).
  • Signed by Baltimore Orioles (January 14, 2004).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2005).

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