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Rafael Palmeiro

Full Name: Rafael Corrales Palmeiro
Born: September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba
Height: 6’0″ Weight: 190
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Personal: Wife (Lynne – 12/14/85) – Two Sons (Patrick Ryne – 3/6/90 & Preston Connor – 1/22/95)
Resides: Colleyville, TX
MLB Debut: Sep 8, 1986


Notes

  • 1999 Sporting News Player of the Year
  • 1999 Silver Slugger Award
  • 1999 Gold Glove – AL 1B
  • 1999 AL DH Award
  • 1999 Texas Rangers Player of the Year
  • Raffy’s son Patrick’s middle name (Ryne) was after Cubs teammate Ryne Sandberg.
  • Rafael is the cousin of major league outfielder Orlando Palmeiro.
  • Hit 500th home run on Sunday May 11, 2003 – My wife and I were there.
  • Suspended 10 games for positive steroid testing in 2005.

Team History

  • Originally drafted in 8th round of the June 1982 draft by Mets – did not sign.
  • 1986-1988: Chicago Cubs (drafted in 1st round (22nd overall) of the 1985 free agent draft)
  • 1989-1993: Texas Rangers (via trade with Jamie Moyer for Mitch Williams, Paul Kilgus, Steve Wilson, Curtis Wilkerson, Luis Benitez, & Pablo Delgado)
  • 1994-1998: Baltimore Orioles (signed as a free agent on Dec 12, 1993)
  • 1999-2003: Texas Rangers (signed as a free agent on Dec 2, 1998 – Granted Free Agency on Dec 7, 2003)
  • 2004-2005: Baltimore Orioles (as a free agent on Jan 10, 2004 – GFA Dec 7, 2005)
  • As of Feb 8, 2008, he has not formally retired, but presumed retired.

Salary History

  • 2005: $3 Million
  • 2004: $4.5 Million
  • 2003: $9 Million
  • 2002: $9 Million
  • 2001: $8,620,921
  • 2000: $8,620,921
  • 1999: $8,849,931
  • 1998: $6,515,828
  • 1997: $5,337,021
  • 1996: $5,406,603
  • 1995: $4,906,603
  • 1994: $5,406,603
  • 1993: $4,500,000
  • 1992: $3,850,000
  • 1991: $1,475,000
  • 1990: $300,000
  • 1989: $212,000
  • 1988: $90,000
  • 1987: $62,500

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