Wow. How did you dig this up.
Just searched on "Palmeiro" with me as author. I've had this discussion about Palmeiro about half a dozen times since the Orioles picked him up again.
Tons of people have failed to notice that his decline has been very significant and steady since at least 2001, but it's masked because of the Texas launching pad and because people weren't playing attention to his lefty splits.
Palmeiro's on track to get 30-60 fewer ABs than he did last year, because he can't hit lefties and will sit against some of them. Despite his hot streak, his SLG is still below .450. He's got nothing by warning track power left.
But, for some reason people think he's going to hit HRs and drive in runs the way he did in Texas 5 or 6 years ago. In fact, since he'll play in fewer games, they seem to believe he'll do it at an even faster rate than he did when he was in Texas with Canseco.