Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is a Major League Baseball player, currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles. This is his second term with the Orioles; he played in Baltimore from 1994 through 1998. Palmeiro holds the distinction of playing in the most Major League Baseball games (2721 as of 2004) without ever reaching the World Series.
After an All-American career at Mississippi State University, Palmeiro debuted September 8, 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, and played with the Cubs through 1988. He has also had two stints with the Texas Rangers (1989-1993 and 1999-2003).
A four-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base, Palmeiro became the 19th player (and the second Hispanic, after Sammy Sosa) to reach the 500-home run plateau on May 12, 2003. He also became the first player in history to have led his league in singles one year and hit 500 home runs in his career. He joined the 500 home run club on May 11 2003 on a full-count pitch from Cleveland right-hander David Elder. After the 2004 season, Palmeiro stands 10th on the all-time list with 551 homers.
Palmeiro is an anomaly in his sport because he did not hit his stride until after the age of 30, when he began a streak of hitting 30-plus home runs and batting in 100-plus runs nine seasons in a row (1995-2003).
He has the greatest number of career home runs for a player who never led his league in that category. His at-bat music is Tupac's "California Love".
Palmeiro appears in Viagra commercials.