July 18, 2005
Hats off to Raffy
Rafael Palmeiro joined a very select group this past weekend when he hit an RBI double for his 3,000 major league hit. In doing so he stands in elite company with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only men in the history of the game with 3,000 hits and 500 homeruns. There have been thousands of men who have played major league baseball and the list of names NOT in that group is pretty impressive; Cal Ripken Jr., George Brett, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and Ken Griffey Jr. just to name a few. Yet despite his solid Hall of Fame credentials, there isn't a more unassuming man in baseball then Rafael Palmeiro, Viagra commercials notwithstanding. Upon collecting his 3,000th hit, Palmeiro dutifully answered questions in a post-game press conference, reiterated his desire to get the Orioles to the post-season then took a phone call from President Bush. Palmeiro has expressed his desire to play for three more seasons and chase 600 homeruns. If he averages 125 hits a year, he would more than likely pass Paul Molitor for 7th place all time. All of that and yet he wasn't granted a special invitation to the All Star Game in Detroit, emphasizing once again how Commissioner Selig stumbles when wonderful opportunities present themselves. 600 homes and 7th place all-time...take a moment to think about that.
Posted by Kevin O'Leary at 9:16 PM
See, somehow, I put Palmeiro in the same group I put Jeff Kent...which is major leagues that statistically are sure-fire HOF material...but just don't seem like they belong in Cooperstown. ESPN's Sports Guy once said its because they weren't dominant -- ot gamebreakers.
But to me, the way I'd explain it, as a fan, I would never pray for them to be traded to my team. Kent, liek Palmeiro, just don't excite me the way the greats do.
Posted by: Ethan Lindsey on July 19, 2005 1:46 AM