For the second time in two days, a high-profile member of the baseballcommunity has blasted Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, questioning thevalidity of his impressive statistics.
One day after Hall of Famer Frank Robinson said Palmeiro's offensivenumbers should be erased because he failed a drug test, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling told WEEI radio in Boston he agreed with Robinson.
"Yeah. I read something the other day about his career, his career numbersand how a lot of his career numbers coincide with certain dates, and heobviously sat next to me in Washington [before Congress] and lied," saidSchilling, who also testified in March before the Committee on GovernmentReform.
"So I don't know there's any way to prove that anything he did was notunder the influence of performance-enhancing drugs."
Schilling also said he didn't think Palmeiro's pledge to teach childrenabout the dangers of using steroids would have much credence.
"My hope is that Raffy does whatever he can possibly do in his position tohelp further the message that baseball needs to send to kids and to people,"Schilling said. "Whether he's going to be able to do that, given what he'sdone, to me is doubtful.
"He has no credibility, I don't think, in that area," Schilling added. "Ithink that's going to be a tough one. I just hope his life gets righted and hedoes the right thing."
Palmeiro was read excerpts from Schilling's interview after last night'sOrioles loss. Palmeiro shrugged and swatted the air with his right hand - asif to dismiss Schilling's pointed words.
"No comment," Palmeiro said.
He was asked if he was angered that colleagues were commenting withouthearing his side of the story.
"No, it's all right. That's the way it is," Palmeiro said.
Palmeiro has said repeatedly he can't discuss the failed drug test untilCongress has reviewed his arbitration statements and has decided whether hemay have perjured himself in March when he declared under oath that he hadnever taken steroids.
Members of the committee are expected to comment about the perjuryinvestigation this week. Several sources have said Palmeiro did not make aclear case for his innocence while talking to the arbitrator.
Before yesterday's game, Palmeiro addressed the comments by Robinson, theWashington Nationals' manager and former Orioles great who told mlb.com:"Where do you go back, stop and say, `OK, when did he start using steroids?'To eliminate all that, and get the players' attention, you wipe the wholething out."
Palmeiro said he didn't hear Robinson's statement and wouldn't comment onit.
"He's entitled to his opinion, but I am not aware of anything he said. Ireally don't want to get into it," Palmeiro said. "I respect Frank, but I amnot going to comment on that."
Robinson, a longtime Orioles player who was once an enforcementadministrator for Major League Baseball, seemed inclined yesterday to let thematter drop.
Asked about the comments at a pre-game news conference, Robinson initiallyraised questions about whether he had made the remarks - or at least aboutwhom he made them to. He was then reminded of the comments, but the managerhad no more to add.
Palmeiro's manager, Sam Perlozzo, also was read Schilling's comments afterlast night's game.
"There's more than Curt Schilling out there that has negative opinions,"Perlozzo said. "Everyone has an opinion. If he wants to voice it, that's hisbusiness."
Until he knows the whole story, Perlozzo said he is standing by his player.
"Obviously, some people are willing to jump out and criticize someone whenthey don't know all the facts and I don't think that's the right way to goabout it," Perlozzo said.
"We all are waiting for Raffy to speak. I know it's frustrating for all thepeople out there to have to wait, but you've got to wait."
Sun staff writer Jeff Barker and the Associated Press contributed to thisarticle.