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Palmeiro, 53, to join son on indy league team

First baseman will play with Cleburne Railroaders of AAIPB
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Rafael Palmeiro is returning to the game of baseball.

On Wednesday, Palmeiro, 53, announced he will join the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Railroaders are a second-year franchise in the 12-team AAIPB, and their home ballpark is located about 30 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas.

Rafael Palmeiro is returning to the game of baseball.

On Wednesday, Palmeiro, 53, announced he will join the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Railroaders are a second-year franchise in the 12-team AAIPB, and their home ballpark is located about 30 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas.

Palmeiro will play with his son Patrick and is set to be in uniform on May 18 against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Palmeiro last played in the Majors with the Orioles in 2005.

During his 20-year MLB career, Palmeiro was a four-time All-Star and won three American League Gold Glove Awards as a first baseman. He is also one of six players with over 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

Palmeiro ranks 13th all-time in home runs (589) and 17th all-time in RBIs (1,835).

Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter at @jaylonthompson.

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