Happy Birthday Rafael Palmeiro!!!
Rafael Palmeiro turns 50 years old today.
Rafael Palmeiro quietly put together an amazing career as he reached several baseball milestones that define greatness as an offensive player. While never considered to be the best player in the league, and even on his team at times, Palmerio’s numbers are rare.
No batting titles. Only 1 season of 200 or more hits. But, consistency was Palmeiro’s game. In his 20-season career, Palmerio collected 3,020 hits. Hitting between 140-170 hits a year is all it took for Palmeiro to become one of the game’s most consistent offensive players. His career batting average is .288, and he has 6 seasons of hitting .300 or better.
Palmeiro also had a power game that was rare for such a disciplined contact hitter. ‘Raffy’ has 569 career home runs which places him in 10th place in baseball history. Off to a relatively slow start in the beginning of his career, Palmeiro’s power numbers began to take off during the 1991 season. From 1999-2004, Palmeiro hit at least 22 homers per season with his maximum output being 47 in both the 1999 and 2001 seasons.
‘Raffy’ has also collected 1,835 RBI and has scored 1,663 runs during his playing days.
Palmeiro has finished in the Top 19 for the MVP award 10 times. He is a 4-time All-star, a 3-time Gold Glove award winner, and a 2-time Silver Slugger winner.
Happy Birthday Raffy!!!