Tampa Bay Rays DH/OF Manny Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring after he was told that he tested positive yet again for performance-enhancing drugs. Sources tell ESPN that he tested positive for PED’s in spring training and has decided to retire instead of sitting out a 100-game suspension.
“Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” a league 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.”
Manny, of course, tested positive about a year or so ago and had to sit out 50 games. A second positive test (like this one) would be a 100-game suspension. And if didn’t retire and tested positive a third time? Lifetime ban. Gee, wonder why he’s retiring. You think maybe banishment from baseball would hurt his Hall of Fame chances? He might be screwed already.
“The Tampa Bay Rays were informed today by the Commissioner’s Office that Manny Ramirez has decided to retire after being informed of an issue under the Drug Program,” the Rays said in a statement. “We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news. We will have no further comment on this matter, and our fans and organization will carry on.”
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It’s not like he was playing well anyway, he was taken out of the starting lineup this week.