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Rafael Palmeiro talking comeback at age 53

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  • Rafael Palmeiro talking comeback at age 53

    Came across this article and thought it was interesting... anyone thinking this guy has a shot?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...aign=editorial
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    I don't see this happening. Even if by some miracle he did make it back to a major league roster, it's highly doubtful his presence would amount to anything more than a publicity stunt.
    Baseball Junk Drawer

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    • #3
      I wanna see Bonds try this.
      Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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      • #4
        According to wikipedia only two pitchers and four position players have ever played in the major leagues in their 50's.

        59 - Leroy Paige (1965)
        50 - Jack Quinn (1933)

        58 - Charley O'Leary (1934)
        57 - Nick Altrock (1933)
        56 - Minnie Miñoso (1980)
        54 - Jim O'Rourke (1904)

        Paige and Miñoso were publicity stunts. I don't know about the others.
        Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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        • #5
          I'm pretty sure Altrock was a publicity stunt. He was a longtime coach and baseball clown who would periodically make appearances in games for the sake of entertainment.

          Charley O'Leary was a coach too, I believe. Not sure if it was a publicity stunt or just throwing a bone to an old-timer.

          The story I heard about O'Rourke is that he wanted to catch the Giants' pennant clincher in 1904, so they allowed him to do so. I think there was more to the story, but I'd have to look it up.
          Baseball Junk Drawer

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          • #6
            O'Leary was a coach who pinch-hit in a meaningless, end-of-season game.

            Quinn was an actual player closing out his career. He pitched in 14 games before being released in July.

            O'Rourke, despite his age, was still active professionally and wanted to catch one more game with his old team. It is often written that he caught the pennant clincher, but the Giants entered the day with an 18-game lead and had already clinched. The win was noteworthy in that it was the Giants' 100th win of the season.

            Altrock batted with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning with the Senators trailing the Athletics, 3-0, on the final day of the season. According to game accounts, Altrock carried a dozen bats into the box, called the outfielders into the infield, and arranged the infielders around the mound. Hank Madjeski took off his mitt and caught barehanded. Altrock hit a bouncer to the pitcher but was never tagged out due to running straight for the clubhouse.

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            • #7
              Maybe if he went to Japan like Julio Franco, but he's not doing that here and he knows it. My question is why he wants to get attention at this particular moment.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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              • #8
                Palmeiro should join an Indy league team to see what he can do on a ballfield. I suspect the answer to that is "not much".
                Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                • #9
                  I don't see why not. Yeah, he's older...but the quality of the MLB hitters is nowhere near as when he was active. As long as he can hit some home runs and strike out 200 times a year he will fit right in.

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                  • #10
                    No way he returns legitimately at this age. Perhaps it is his hope/belief that he'll reset his eligibility clock with the BBWAA after seeing contemporary Jeff Bagwell elected last winter and Jim Thome almost certainly going in next month?
                    "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
                    "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
                    "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
                    "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chadwick View Post
                      No way he returns legitimately at this age. Perhaps it is his hope/belief that he'll reset his eligibility clock with the BBWAA after seeing contemporary Jeff Bagwell elected last winter and Jim Thome almost certainly going in next month?
                      I had a similar thought.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by willshad View Post
                        I don't see why not. Yeah, he's older...but the quality of the MLB hitters is nowhere near as when he was active. As long as he can hit some home runs and strike out 200 times a year he will fit right in.
                        Pitchers throw significantly harder, and he's lost a good portion of his fast-twitch muscle fibers. No shot.
                        Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Macker View Post
                          O'Rourke, despite his age, was still active professionally and wanted to catch one more game with his old team. It is often written that he caught the pennant clincher, but the Giants entered the day with an 18-game lead and had already clinched. The win was noteworthy in that it was the Giants' 100th win of the season.
                          Sporting Life (Volume 44, No. 3, pg. 8) described O'Rourke's appearance this way: In the first game the Giants scored the 100th victory and cinched the pennant beyond all doubt. The famous Jim O'Rourke, of Bridgeport, a member of the first New York champion team in 1888, caught and showed that though past 50 he was still in the game. He was very nimble and caught McGinnity well.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chadwick View Post
                            No way he returns legitimately at this age. Perhaps it is his hope/belief that he'll reset his eligibility clock with the BBWAA after seeing contemporary Jeff Bagwell elected last winter and Jim Thome almost certainly going in next month?
                            This ^^^^^. Right on the money.

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                              Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
                              Came across this article and thought it was interesting... anyone thinking this guy has a shot?

                              http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...aign=editorial
                              A shot? Sure...Deca, or HGH? Winstrol perhaps?

                              What a joke. This guy was one of the most overrated hitters of his era, would have been a .265 career hitter with about 200-250 career home runs tops without meeting Canseco early on and getting on the juice. Also played much of his prime in a ballpark with high school dimensions to right field (Camden Yards).

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