Ironically, this could hurt Palmeiro’s chances more than anyone else who testified at Congress. At that point, he had reached 500 home runs quieter than anyone else ever had and was knocking on the door of 3,000 hits. Seemingly, anyone else with those numbers would be a celebrated figure beset with endorsements and rabid fans. Palmeiro had neither as he was playing in the shadow of flashier and more successful power hitters. As such, he was not regularly in the hunt for MVPs and only appeared in four All-Star games which considering his career numbers was relatively low. Subsequently, he was rarely with great teams and holds the dubious record of having played the most games without a World Series appearance.
Prior to the steroid stigmatism, Palmeiro had the Hall of Fame locked numbers of 500 Home Runs and 3,000 Hits. Without the allegations, he may not have even been a lock for first-ballot induction. With the PED label, a look at his offense showed a huge upswing at age 34. McGwire may one day be forgiven as might Sosa. Palmeiro likely won’t. As unfathomable as it seemed a decade ago, he was almost a one-and-done Hall of Fame candidate, and his years on the ballot fell well short of the maximum, as he fell off after his fourth year. This could be a sad reality for one of the most consistent offensive performers of his day.