Palmeiro to host TWIB

Palmeiro to host TWIB

BALTIMORE -- On the heels of his career-defining accomplishment, Rafael Palmeiro will celebrate by hosting "This Week In Baseball."

The 40-year-old Palmeiro collected career hit No. 3,000 on July 15 against Seattle's Joel Pineiro and TWIB will chronicle his march toward 3,000.

Palmeiro became the fourth player to reach at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray on that list. Palmeiro received a congratulatory e-mail from Aaron during the team's recent series in Minnesota.

The show is scheduled to air at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX prior to the Saturday Game of the Week (check local listing to confirm the air time in the greater Baltimore-area). 

This week's TWIB will feature unique and in-depth coverage of Palmeiro's 3,000th-hit game including the following:

• Exclusive sound bites from Palmeiro, who wore a microphone during his 3,000th-hit game -- this marked the first time a player has worn a wire while reaching a MLB milestone

• Exclusive sound bites from first base coach Rick Dempsey, who also was wired for sound during the game

• A great, in-game exchange between Ichiro and Palmeiro at first base

• Extensive footage of the post-game clubhouse celebration, including manager Lee Mazzilli's toast to Palmeiro

• Coverage of the post-game press conference

• Interview with Palmeiro's wife and footage of Palmeiro and his family leaving the stadium after this historic event

Also, Palmeiro received a call from President Bush a day after reaching 3,000. The two are old friends. Bush owned the Texas Rangers while Palmeiro was a player for the Rangers.

"I am grateful for all of the honors and calls I have received," he said. "I think the coverage of this is neat. I am a little overwhelmed by it, but it was a good experience."

Palmeiro did host TWIB while he was a player with the Rangers, but this week the show will examine his quest to the long-awaited accomplishment. Palmeiro began the season with 2,928 hits and it was obvious he would break the record some time during the 2005 season, but he began heating up in June and made a serious run late in the month.

He collected 2,999 off Aaron Sele on July 14 in Seattle. In the fifth inning on July 15, he laced a 91-mph Pineiro fastball into the left-field corner for the historic hit, a double. Palmeiro was surrounded by teammates at second base and lifted his son Preston high in the air. Preston, 10, had used a hand-held camera to videotape his dad's at-bats during the weekend in Seattle.

"When it happened, I had a hard time keeping the camera balanced," Preston said. "I was excited."

Gary Washburn is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.