Fun story or silly marketing stunt… you decide
The Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters are five games under .500 for the season and will miss the playoffs after going to the championship series last year.
But they gave their fans something to talk about today.
From a press release posted on the Atlantic League’s website:
The Sugar Land Skeeters and manager Gary Gaetti announced the signing of four-time MLB All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Rafael Palmeiro to the Skeeters. Rafael joins his oldest son, Patrick, for the final three games of the season. Palmeiro is one of five members of the 500 home run and 3,000 hit club, which includes New York Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray.
“We discussed me playing earlier this year and it’s something I’ve looked forward to since then,” Palmeiro said. “The chance to play with my son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and I’m very excited to make it happen this weekend.”
Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra writes: “Kudos to the Skeeters for giving [Palmeiro] the opportunity to do something a lot of fathers dream about. And kudos to them for giving fans — way fewer of whom give a rip about the PED stuff than people think — a chance to see something neat.”
I’ll point out that signing a 50-year-old who last played professionally 10 years ago doesn’t say anything good about the quality of play in the Atlantic League.