Palmeiro, 53, inks deal to play with son

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The former Mississippi State and Major League slugger is doing everything he can to get out of retirement, even if some people think he's insane for doing so.

Rafael Palmeiro has signed a contract with the Cleburne Railriders of the independent American Association. Their season starts May 18, and Cleburne's roster also features Palmeiro's oldest son, Patrick. Palmeiro asked. "I'm not sure there is much more for me to lose".

Palmeiro REALLY wanted to get a shot with an Major League Baseball team, but since that didn't happen. he signed with the Railroaders. He played for the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs over a 20-year career that ended abruptly in 2005 after he became the first Major League Baseball player suspended for steroid use. He memorably told a congressional panel that "I have never used steroids, period" but months later tested positive for stanozolol.

Yep, that's not one Palmeiro but two.

He fell off the Hall of Fame ballot after 2014, when he earned less than five percent of the vote. The others are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols, who got his 3,000th career hit last Friday.

The odds clearly are against Palmeiro, who is four years.

"Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training, so I will just take this path", Palmeiro told the Dallas Morning News.

Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, trying to make a comeback at 53, will join an independent baseball league team in Texas, he told the Dallas Morning News.