Friday, April 8, 2011

Breaking News: Manny Ramirez Retires | Baseball Digest

Breaking News: Manny Ramirez Retires | Baseball Digest

Tampa Bay Rays’ DH Manny Ramirez has announced his retirement, effective immediately, reportedly to avoid the 100 game suspension he would face for failing a second MLB drug test.

Ramirez informed MLB of his decision shortly after learning from the league that there was another issue with a drug test. Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating the league’s drug policy. He was just 1-17 in his first season with Tampa Bay and retires with 555 home runs.

Ramirez’s initial failed drug test may have prevented his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but a second violation certainly will close the doors to the Hall for him.

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