Clipped From The Greenville News
O's release Jim Palmes' BALTIMORE (AP) Jim Palmer, a three-time three-time three-time Cy Young Award winner in 19 years with the Baltimore Orioles, was released Thursday at an emotional news conference that had both the veteran pitcher and his boss fighting tears. Palmer, used as a spot starter and infrequent infrequent relief pitcher this year, had asked for his release so he could continue continue his quest for 300 career victories. But later Thursday, he said he was leaning leaning toward retirement so he could spend more time with his family. The Orioles have offered Palmer a non-playing non-playing non-playing job in their organization. But Palmer, who has made his face and figure figure familiar in a series of underwear ads, said he had many options open, including including films and TV work. At the news conference, Palmer said, "I still think I can pitch. I have a desire to do that." He has 268 career victories, Brooks says his former teammate can still win games Brooks Robinson says Jim Palmer can still be an effective effective pitcher with somebody other than the Orioles. "He is one of the great pitchers in the game," Robinson Robinson said Thursday at a press conference at Greenville Municipal Stadium. "But he needs to get a lot of work and he won't get that work in Baltimore." "I think Palmer will end up with Toronto or New York or somebody," Robinson said. "And I think if he pitches regularly, he'll continue to do a good job. In the right situation, he can still win you 15 or 16 games." Ernie Kastner but is 0-3 0-3 0-3 with a 9.17 earned run average this season. The 38-year-old 38-year-old 38-year-old 38-year-old 38-year-old right-hander right-hander right-hander broke down four times during the news conference. conference. After the final time, he thanked reporters reporters and club employees and left. Baltimore General Manager Hank Peters was almost as emotional. "Jim Palmer has been much more than a great pitcher for the Orioles," he said. "He has always had the Orioles' best interest at heart." Palmer's career ERA of 2.86 is the fifth best in major league history.