Palmeiro spent 20 years in the majors and amassed 3,020 hits and 569 home runs. He was a four-time all star, in addition to winning three Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards. He broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and made his first all-star team while playing for them in 1988. However, he did not really become a star until joining the Texas Rangers in 1989. He hit .319 for Texas in 1990 and led the American League in hits (191). He was an all star again in 1991 when he led the AL in doubles (49). Starting in 1993, Palmeiro factored into the AL MVP race for eight of the next nine years. However, the highest he would finish was fifth in 1999 when he hit .327 with 47 home runs after returning to Texas from the Baltimore Orioles. He remained with Texas until 2004 when he went back to Baltimore for the final two years of his career.
Palmeiro hit his 500th home run on May 11, 2003, off David Elder of the Cleveland Indians.
Palmeiro is one of six players with over 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in their careers. He played in 2,831 games in his career which are the most by a player who never played in a World Series.
In 2008, Palmeiro was inducted into the Mississippi State University sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Rafael Palmeiro – career stats