September 23, 2005

WHERE'S SHAKESPEARE WHEN YOU NEED HIM?:

Orioles Tell Palmeiro Not to Bother Returning (Tim Brown, September 24, 2005, LA Times)

Rafael Palmeiro, his possible Hall of Fame career tainted by a steroid suspension and an ongoing congressional investigation, will not be in uniform again this season, the Baltimore Orioles announced Friday — an action amounting to a paid suspension.

Palmeiro, who turns 41 today and is considering retirement, was expected to return to the club Friday after rehabilitating a sore knee and ankle for three weeks at his Texas home.

Instead, he was told he was not welcome back.

Oriole officials met Friday after published reports that Palmeiro allegedly had told an arbitration panel that teammate Miguel Tejada provided him with a vitamin that might have led to his testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. At the end, they decided Palmeiro's presence over the final 10 days of the season would be too great a distraction.

At the same time, the Health Policy Advisory Committee, which hears appeals from players who have tested positive for banned substances, issued a statement Friday calling "incorrect" the reports that Tejada provided steroids to Palmeiro, or that Palmeiro claimed it to be so.

"There is no evidence whatsoever supporting any claim that Miguel Tejada has ever provided any illegal substance of any kind to any player," the statement said.


It's like a classic tragedy watching this poor guy destroy himself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2005 11:59 PM
Comments

May be tme to open up a wing with "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, Pete Rose and Palmeiro as the first inductees.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 24, 2005 1:42 PM
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