Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964) was a Cuban-American first baseman and left fielder in Major League Baseball. Before being chosen by the Chicago Cubs in 1985, Palmeiro was an All-American at Mississippi State University. From 1986 to 1988, he was a member of the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005).
Four times he was named to the MLB All-Star Team, and three times he won the Gold Glove Award. He is a member of both the 500 home run and 3,000 hit clubs, making him one of only six players in history to do so. Palmeiro was suspended for ten games after testing positive for an anabolic steroid just days after reaching the milestone of 3,000 hits.
He received 64 votes, or 11% of the total number of votes cast; the entrance threshold is 75%. On the official website of Major League Baseball: “As a member of the 500-homer, 3,000-hit club, Palmeiro should have been a foregone conclusion on the first ballot, but he was suspended in 2005 after testing positive for steroid use. Only 11% of the electorate voted for him.”
Palmeiro was born in Havana, Cuba, and attended Miami Jackson High School in Miami, Florida, where he received his diploma. Palmeiro and his wife live in Colleyville, Texas. Preston, his son, played baseball for North Carolina State University and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2016. He is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels.