Five years ago, after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs and that he was a victim of a tainted vial of vitamin B-12 given to him by a teammate, shortstop Miguel Tejada.
This week, as the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America consider Palmeiro in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, he said that he hopes the 500-plus voters will give him a break and forgive a mistake that he made in the final season of his 20-year career.
"I was telling the truth then, and I am telling the truth now,'' Palmeiro, 46, said in a phone interview with SI.com. "I don't know what else I can say. I have never taken steroids. For people who think I took steroids intentionally, I'm never going to convince them. But I hope the voters judge my career fairly and don't look at one mistake.''