"You'll never be sorry for signing me, Mr. Angelos," said Palmeiro. And then he set out to hold to his promise. At his very first game in Baltimore in April 1994, Rafael hit a home run in the seventh inning. The Baltimore fans went wild. In both the 1995 and 1996 seasons Palmeiro hit 39 home runs; in 1996, he batted in an astounding 142 runs, leading the Orioles into the American League playoffs. In 1997, he became the first player in Orioles history to hit 30 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons! And Cal Ripken, baseball's iron man, is the only player in the 1990s to play in more games. But Rafael is never satisfied with his performance. He strives to do better every season that he plays.
A Cuban refugee, Rafael has never taken his good fortune for granted. A devoted husband and father, Rafael enjoys spending all his free time with his family. He loves teaching his young sons to play baseball and he readily admits, "I have found a home with the Baltimore Orioles. I'm living my dream right now."