More than a decade after he played his last major league game, Rafael Palmeiro can still create a buzz among Orioles fans—even if the story is about his son.
In Baseball America’s most recent list of minor league signings, they reported that Palmeiro’s son, Patrick, has been signed to a minor league contract by the Orioles.
Patrick Palmeiro, the 25-year-old son of the polarizing Orioles first baseman, played three seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, never rising above low A ball. He was a 22nd round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ in 2008, but went to college instead.
After his release by the White Sox, he played for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League in 2015. Palmeiro hit .256 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs.
His father, who last played for the Orioles in 2005, joined him for a late season game at age 50 and went 2-for-4.
Palmeiro was suspended for PED use in Aug. 2005.
NOTES: WINZ talk show host Andy Slater reported that former Oriole Delmon Young was arrested on Sunday night for allegedly choking and threatening a Miami hotel valent. The report says that Young also used ethnic slurs.
Young, who was released by the Orioles in July 2015, is currently a free agent.
-Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen will receive the Mary Pickersgill Award on March 10. Baltimore’s Flag House is honoring McFadyen for demonstrating leadership in the community, innovation and the ability to inspire others.
-Besides Palmeiro, the Orioles have also signed outfielder Jimmy Bosco to a minor league contract. Bosco played the last three seaons in the Cardinals organization.