Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro, 53, to sign with independent league team in Texas

Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, trying to make a comeback at 53, will join an independent baseball league team in Texas, he told the Dallas Morning News.

Along with his 28-year-old son, Patrick, Palmeiro will play for the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association.

The team had not announced the signings as of Wednesday morning and it’s not listed in the league’s transactions.

"I'm looking forward to it," Palmeiro said in a text message to the Morning News. "Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training, so I will just take this path."

Palmeiro’s other son, Preston, 23, is playing second base for High-A Frederick in the Orioles organization. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Orioles in 2016.

Palmeiro told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal in December that showing he can still hit at his age might convince some people that he was telling the truth when he said he unintentionally ingested the steroid Winstrol during the 2005 season.

He paid a heavy price for being baseball’s first superstar to test positive under baseball’s new perfomance-enhancing drug program. He left the game and was snubbed by Hall of Fame voters because of his association with baseball’s PED scandal.

Playing 20 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Orioles, Palmeiro is one of just four players with 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs. He last played with the Orioles in 2005.

The Railroaders are scheduled to open their season May 18 against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

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