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September 2002

"Is it in the stars?"

by Andrea Mallis


Rafael PalmierpRafael Palmiero:

Shortly after the Fall Equinox, on September 24th, 1964, Rafael Palmeiro was born. Rafael’s a Libra, whose theme is balance and fair play. Rarely loners, they favor companionship and occupations that bring them in contact with others.

Born in the Year of the Dragon—the most auspicious sign of the Chinese zodiac—Rafael is bestowed with vigor to achieve goals and uphold personal honor. With three planets in Virgo, he’s a perfectionist whether at first base or as designated hitter. With Mars in dramatic Leo, Rafael strives to excel. He ranks in the top 100 in Major League history in ten different offensive categories, and is in the top 50 in six of those! Second on the Rangers all-time list in homers, RBIs, and walks, he’s tied with Buddy Bell for the third most awards as Ranger Player of the Year.

Palmeiro is the first Ranger ever with 100 runs, RBIs, and walks in the same season, and has cracked 20+ homers in eleven consecutive years—the second longest streak behind Barry Bonds. With planets in determined Taurus, consistency is his middle name. Rafael is one of only four players who have put up at least 35 home runs and 100 RBIs in seven straight years. Appearing in 160 games in 2001, he’s a 3-time Gold Glove winner.

Palmeiro’s an outstanding hitter with a pure swing. Improving with age, he appears to be hitting his stride with 176 homers during the past four seasons. Nimble on first, he’s also quite adept at scooping balls in the dirt. Clearly, with A-Rod, I-Rod, and R-Pal, the Rangers infield embodies three of the best!

Offensively, this future Hall-of-Famer has seven consecutive seasons of 38 or more homers, tying Babe Ruth for the longest streak in Major League history. Combined with trusty A-Rod, this gives the Rangers two mighty players with back-to-back homerun threats for the first time ever.

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Andrea Mallis is an avid baseball fan and creator of Virgo in Service Astrological Consulting. She’s the official astrologer on “Extra Innings” Oakland A’s radio. Her numerous sports astrology profiles are published in magazines for the Athletics, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Padres. Recently featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight, she resides in Berkeley, California, she can be contacted at 510-874-4911, or

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