Former Mississippi State slugger Rafael Palmeiro went 2-for-4 with an RBI, walk and a run scored in his return to professional baseball Friday night.
The 50-year old Palmeiro signed to play along his son Patrick for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent team in the Atlantic League.
The Palmeiro’s played a pivotal role in the Skeeters’ 10-4 win over the Camden Riversharks on Friday as Patrick went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs.
The elder Palmeiro served as a designated hitter before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh inning after reaching on an error.
Rafael Palmeiro played 20 years in the Major Leagues collecting 3,020 hits and 569 homers. He last appeared with the Baltimore Orioles during the 2005 season. He was a four-time all-star and the MLB Player of the Year in 1999 but was shunned by the sport after testing positive for steroids.
The Cuban native lettered at MSU from 1983-85 before being selected 22nd overall by the Chicago Cubs. Palmeiro still owns the school record with 67 career home runs as well as single season records of 87 runs scored and 209 total bases in 1984.
The Bulldogs’ indoor baseball/ football practice facility on campus bears his name.