Schilling: Palmeiro, his stats have 'no credibility'
One day after Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson said Rafael Palmeiro's records should be erased because of his failed drug test, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling told Boston WEEI radio's Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday he agreed.
When asked if he would just erase the statistics, Schilling said:
"Yeah. I read something the other day about his career, his career numbers and how a lot of his career numbers coincide with certain dates and he obviously sat next to me in Washington [before Congress] and lied, so I don't know there's any way to prove that anything he did was not under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs."
Palmeiro returned to the Baltimore Orioles' lineup Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels and played first base for the first time since July 31.
Palmeiro was suspended Aug. 1, less than three weeks after he recorded his 3,000th hit to become one of four players in major league history with that many hits and at least 500 homers.
He played in only two games since returning on Aug. 11. He missed five straight games with a sprained right ankle.
Asked by MLB.com on Tuesday night if he would wipe out Palmeiro's records, Robinson answered: "I would. He was found to have used steroids, and he served a 10-day suspension."
"Where do you go back, stop and say, 'OK, when did he start using steroids?' To eliminate all that, and get the players' attention, you wipe the whole thing out," Robinson told MLB.com.
Palmeiro was asked Wednesday what he thought of the Robinson's comments, having apparently not yet heard Schilling's remarks.
"I respect Frank Robinson. He's entitled to his opinion, but I'm not going to comment on that," Palmeiro said.
While Robinson said he was "taken aback" by the news that Palmeiro was using steroids, Schilling told WEEI he wasn't suprised because "nothing surprises me anymore."
"I think growing up, being a fan of the game, watching Steve Howe, watching Darryl Strawberry, watching the things that happened to Doc Gooden. And stuff like that I think I had just gotten to the point where I finally realized that liars and cheaters and criminals exist in all professions and baseball doesn't absolve us from being human beings and we're going to have the same kind of people that play this game that do anything else in the world."
Schilling also said he would have nothing to say to Palmeiro when Boston and Baltimore meet Sept. 2-4 for a series at Fenway, since the two were never teammates.
"My hope is that Raffy does whatever he can possibly do in his position to help further the message that baseball needs to send to kids and to people. Whether he's going to be able to do that, given what he's done, to me is doubtful. He has no credibility, I don't think, in that area. I think that's gonna be a tough one. I just hope his life gets righted and he does the right thing."
Palmeiro had 3,020 hits and 569 homers going into Baltimore's game against the Angels on Wednesday.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday, "It's tough to just discount what a guy like Raffy has done, or players who have Hall of Fame numbers."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.