Rafael Palmeiro signs with Independent League team, to play with son

OAKLAND , CA - AUGUST 16: Rafael Palmeiro #25 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on from the dugout during an MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on August 16, 2005 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The comeback is real.

At least, that’s what former Baltimore Orioles’ 1B Rafael Palmeiro is saying.

On January 5, Palmeiro posted this tweet of himself in a batting cage, taking swings:

Now, Palmeiro, 53, has reached a deal with the Cleburne Railroaders, and will play alongside his son, Patrick.

Palmeiro last played in the Major Leagues as a 40-year-old in 2005 with the Orioles.

Since then, he hasn’t seen much action outside of a game played with the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015.

During his MLB career, Palmeiro was a feared slugger that finished with a career .288 batting average and 569 HR’s.

However, his career and legacy took a turn when Palmeiro was one of several players accused of using performance enhancing drugs, and testified to Congress about his alleged non-usage.