“You’re talking about, in my opinion, probably the best pitcher of all-time and the greatest player of all time,” Palmeiro said. “Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility.”
...Palmeiro was voted on just 11 percent of the ballots in his first attempt into the Hall of Fame in 2011. He received 12.6 percent in 2012, well short of the 75 percent needed from voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. And he seems to understand it’s unlikely he’ll get enough votes to make it to Cooperstown.
“I put that behind me already,” said Palmeiro, who was in Arlington after being voted by the fans as one of the greatest Rangers of all time as part of the club’s 40th anniversary celebration. “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.”
...“We’re talking a different level of player,” Palmeiro said. “Clemens and Bonds, 10 years before they retired they were the best players in the game. These guys dominated the game before anything was ever mentioned about anything.
“So it’s going to be interesting. I don’t know if they’re going to get in or not. But I’m sure they’d say the same thing. They didn’t play the game for the Hall of Fame. They played the game because they loved to play the game as kids growing up and it was their career, it was the way they made a living for their families and that’s what’s important.”
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