Rafael Palmeiro, 53, contemplating comback

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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. I've been working out for years.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can do it", Palmeiro told The Atlantic's Ken Rosenthal.

Palmeiro, who played 1,000 games and seven seasons over two stints with the Orioles and is one of five players in history with more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, isn't lacking for confidence.

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All told, it's an extreme long shot Palmeiro makes it back to the majors, but he told Rosenthal he'd love the opportunity to "walk away feeling good about the whole body of work" after proving he could still play at the sport's highest level. Today, a handful of well-known players test positive and serve their suspensions every year and return seamlessly to the clubhouse. Franco played his last game 25 days after his 49th birthday. He was the first major league baseball player suspended for steroids. Duquette said. "It's like tying your shoes". He'll have a hard time convincing any team to invite him to spring training. The 22-year-old first baseman hit.253 with 13 home runs and 77 RBIs while playing for the team's Class-A affiliate, Delmarva, last season. Another son, Patrick, played three seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization and past year played for the independent Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Claws.

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 went 2-for-4. Palmer quickly ended his comeback.

Palmeiro has maintained that he has never used steroids. He is also absent from the Orioles Hall of Fame despite his numbers in an O's uniform.