For the second time in two days, a high-profile member of the baseball community has blasted Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, questioning the validity of his impressive statistics.
One day after Hall of Famer Frank Robinson said Palmeiro's offensive
numbers 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 numbers
and how a lot of his career numbers coincide with certain dates, and he
obviously sat next to me in Washington [before Congress] and lied," said
Schilling, who also testified in March before the Committee on Government
"So I don't know there's any way to prove that anything he did was not
under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs."
Schilling also said he didn't think Palmeiro's pledge to teach children
about the dangers of using steroids would have much credence.
"My hope is that Raffy does whatever he can possibly do in his position to
help 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's
done, to me is doubtful.
"He has no credibility, I don't think, in that area," Schilling added. "I
think that's going to be a tough one. I just hope his life gets righted and he
does the right thing."
Palmeiro was read excerpts from Schilling's interview after last night's
Orioles loss. Palmeiro shrugged and swatted the air with his right hand - as
if to dismiss Schilling's pointed words.
"No comment," Palmeiro said.
He was asked if he was angered that colleagues were commenting without
hearing 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 until
Congress has reviewed his arbitration statements and has decided whether he
may have perjured himself in March when he declared under oath that he had
never taken steroids.
Members of the committee are expected to comment about the perjury
investigation this week. Several sources have said Palmeiro did not make a
clear case for his innocence while talking to the arbitrator.
Before yesterday's game, Palmeiro addressed the comments by Robinson, the
Washington 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 whole
Palmeiro said he didn't hear Robinson's statement and wouldn't comment on
"He's entitled to his opinion, but I am not aware of anything he said. I
really don't want to get into it," Palmeiro said. "I respect Frank, but I am
not going to comment on that."
Robinson, a longtime Orioles player who was once an enforcement
administrator for Major League Baseball, seemed inclined yesterday to let the
Asked about the comments at a pre-game news conference, Robinson initially
raised questions about whether he had made the remarks - or at least about
whom he made them to. He was then reminded of the comments, but the manager
had no more to add.
Palmeiro's manager, Sam Perlozzo, also was read Schilling's comments after
last 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 his
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 when
they don't know all the facts and I don't think that's the right way to go
about it," Perlozzo said.
"We all are waiting for Raffy to speak. I know it's frustrating for all the
people out there to have to wait, but you've got to wait."
Sun staff writer Jeff Barker and the Associated Press contributed to this
Schilling supports Robinson position
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