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Manny Ramirez will not see the Red Sox when the Rays come to town next week. Why? Manny has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in an apparent response to news that he failed a steroid test in spring training.
“Ramirez tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug during spring training and was recently informed of the positive result.” (according to the New York Times)
Major League Baseball announced his retirement on Friday.
“Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the statement said. “Rather than continue with the process under the Program, Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player. If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed. MLB will not have any further comment on this matter.”
He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and would have been suspended for 100 games this season considering he apparently violated the policy again.
If Manny is indeed done, he finishes with 555 HRs and 1,831 RBI over a 19-year career with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox, and Rays.
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