"There's no doubt in my mind I can do it", Palmeiro told Rosenthal, per Yahoo's Chris Cwik.
Here's something I bet you never thought you'd hear: Rafael Palmeiro, who famously testified to Congress in March of 2005 that he never used steroids before getting suspended in August of 2005 for using steroids, is considering an Major League Baseball comeback at the ripe age of 53. But Palmeiro thinks he still has something to prove after alleged steroid use tainted the end of his career. "I've take care of myself really well. Everything feels better than when I played".
"Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period", he said at the time. "I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that".
Now after so many years away from the game, he wants a chance to prove he can do it clean and prove he never did steroids.
Palmeiro, who retired quietly in September 2005 after the 10-game suspension, has always maintained that he never used steroids. The oldest position player in baseball history to date is Julio Franco, who played until he was 48 in 2007. Regardless, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette told The Athletic that Palmeiro's comeback would be an "interesting story", adding, "It's like tying your shoes ..."
Meanwhile, Palmeiro's youngest son, Preston, is now a member of the Orioles minor league system. A 53-year-old trying to hit a Clayton Kershaw curveball either will be hysterically amusing or, if he can actually do it, simply awesome.
"If I go to spring training with a legitimate chance to make the team, I won't have to go to the minors", he said, per CBS Sports.