Rafael Palmeiro (born September 24, 1964) is a Cuban-born Major League Baseball player. He signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2004 season. This will be his second term with the Orioles; he played in Baltimore from 1994 through 1998.
A four-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove 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 joined the 500-homer club.
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.
Palmeiro appears in Viagra commercials.