By NEMS Daily Journal

Rafael Palmeiro is sticking to his story that a tainted vitamin shot caused his failed drug test five years ago, and hopes Hall of Fame voters will overlook the mistake and honor him for his 3,020 hits and 569 homers.

A week before the Baseball Writers Association of America announces its inductees to baseball’s

Hall of Fame, Palmeiro told SI.com that he never used performance-enhancing drugs in his 20-year career.

As he asserted in 2005 after he was suspended for failing a test, the former Mississippi State All-American again insisted the anabolic steroid was in a B-12 vial given to him by Baltimore Orioles teammate Miguel Tejada.

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