Four-Time All-Star Rafael Palmeiro Joins Sugar Land Skeeters

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Rafael Joins Son Patrick to Close Out Regular Season

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“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.”

The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League 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 players in the 500 home run and 3,000 hit club, which includes Yankees DH Alex Rodriquez 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.”

Palmeiro will make his debut with Sugar Land at Constellation Field on Friday evening and is expected to play on Saturday and Sunday for the final games against the Camden Riversharks. First pitch for Friday is slated for 7:05 p.m. and Saturday’s game will begin at 6:05 p.m. Sunday’s season finale will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Palmeiro, 50, was a first-round selection, 22nd-overall, of the 1985 draft out of Mississippi State where he was the first and only member of the SEC to win the Triple Crown. A .288 career hitter, Palmeiro boasts 569 long balls and 3,020 hits over his 20-year big league career with the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. He led all of Major League Baseball in hits with 191 in 1990, doubles (49) in ’91 and runs (124) in ’93. The first baseman won three-straight Gold Gloves from 1997-99 with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

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The Skeeters continue the 2015 campaign against Camden this evening at the friendly confines of Constellation Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6. Fans can follow along with the action on ESPN3.com. Tickets are still available for the 2015 season. Sign up today by calling the box office at 281-240-4487 to join the swarm.

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About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Sugar Land Skeeters are led by former Major Leaguer Gary Gaetti and play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land.

The Skeeters play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 16 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.

Skeeters on ESPN3
In 2014, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced their ground-breaking, minor league baseball agreement with ESPN, for the exclusive rights to place games on its digital and television networks.

All 2015 home games will be produced live and may be accessible online at WatchESPN.com and SugarLandSkeeters.com, on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

About The Atlantic League
The Atlantic League is the most innovative league in professional baseball, offers the highest level of minor league baseball playing skills, and is a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Its mission is to bring a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to select communities not presently being served by Major League or Minor League teams. ALPB players are highly experienced professionals, having progressed through professional baseball’s developmental levels (A, AA, AAA). Over 40% of all Atlantic League players have Major League service time. Like MLB, Atlantic League clubs pay their players to win baseball games, not to apprentice as in baseball’s developmental levels. The following teams play in the Atlantic League: Bridgeport Bluefish, Camden Riversharks, Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Somerset Patriots, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Sugar Land Skeeters, and York Revolution.

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