MLB slugger Manny Ramirez retires under cloud of suspicion


Instead of deciding to face the music and own up to his mistake, Tampa Bay Rays’ slugger, Manny Ramirez, has decided to retire from Major League Baseball. Ramirez, who in 17 at bats this season, was hitting .059 , had apparently tested positive during a random drug test during spring training and was in danger of facing a stiff 100 game suspension. This 38 year-old, who was always known for marching to the beat of his own drum, was suspended last year for performance enhancement drugs, while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and had to sit out for 50 games. He is the first positional player to have tested positive twice for enhancement performance drugs.  Apparently Ramirez, who finished up his career with 555 homeruns and 1,831 RBI’s, took Thursday off to deal with some family matters, and was expected to show up on Friday night at Chicago for a series against the White Sox. That of course didn’t happen, as the Rays’ management were shocked at what they received instead.  “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.” Prior to the season, Ramirez, who is a 12 time  all-star, expressed excitement when he signed a one year deal worth 2 million dollars.  One shocked player was teammate, Johnny Damon, who also played with Ramirez from 2002-2005 with the Boston Red Sox. “I am surprised,” Damon said. This spring he played well.” Ramirez, who enjoyed his finest hour in 2004 when he helped Boston win the World Series,  leaves a fragile Tampa Bay team, who has gone winless in their first six games of the season. Though he put up hall of fame numbers, it will be interesting to see if testing positive twice will eventually keep him out of Cooperstown.


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