Rafael Palmeiro says Bonds, Clemens belong in Hall of Fame

Saturday August 11th, 2012

Former player Rafael Palmeiro said he would vote for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for the Hall of Fame. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former MLB player Rafael Palmeiro said other retired players Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame.

You're talking about, in my opinion, probably the best pitcher of all-time and the greatest player of all time," Palmeiro told ESPNDallas.com. "Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility."

Palmeiro was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball in 2005 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Clemens and Bonds have never tested positive for steroids.

Palmeiro received 11 percent of the ballots in his first attempt to get into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and 12.6 percent in 2012. Election to the Hall needs a 75 percent vote from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Palmeiro, who finished his career with 569 home runs and 3,020 hits, said he's proud of his career even if he never gets into the Hall.

"I put that behind me already," Palmeiro said. "I know what kind of career I had. I'm good with it. I can look at myself in the mirror and feel good and proud of what I accomplished. The Hall of Fame would be icing on the cake, but if it doesn't happen, I'm fine with it. I will accept that and move on and live with it."
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