Palmeiro lives with disappointment

Palmeiro lives with disappointment
January 13, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro spoke with Dan Connolly of The Sun last week after the Hall of Fame voting results came out. Palmeiro, whose Hall credentials  have been sullied by his positive test for steroids at the end of his career, has received low percentages of votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — 11.0, 12.6 and 8.8 in his three years.

The drop this year likely is from a strong list of new candidates entering the field, even though nobody garnered the 75 percent needed for induction.

“It’s not unexpected, I guess,” Palmeiro told Connolly. “I’ve seen what has happened with [Mark] McGwire, and now I am understanding a little bit more about how the voting works. With more people on the ballot that are going to get more votes, some guys may say, ‘OK, I’m going to have to change my vote from Palmeiro to [Jeff] Bagwell or [Craig] Biggio or make room for others.’ … But I still got 50 votes. I have to look at it from the positive side.”

Though Palmeiro is maintaining his position that the positive test in 2005 resulted from tainted B-12 supplement he got from teammate Miguel Tejada, he sounds as if he’s accepted his lot.

“I think there are still people out there that aren’t looking at what happened to me at the end of my career, but are looking at my whole body of work. And I appreciate that. … Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the end, and it basically wiped out everything that I had did for 20 years. And that’s unfortunate. …

“I live with it every day. There’s nothing I can do about that.”