In typical ‘Manny being Manny‘ form, instead of playing by the rules Manny Ramirez cheated the game of baseball once again.
Manny failed another PED (performance enhancing drug) test and instead of facing the music, Manny is running with his tail between his legs.
Another superstar, that really wasn’t special at all because you have to wonder if anything Manny did was done naturally.
Below is MLB’s Official Press Release:
Manny Ramirez is retiring as a player, Major League Baseball announced in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
The statement said Ramirez had “an issue” under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and informed the league he is hanging it up rather than “continue with the process under the program.”
The statement, in full, reads as follows: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program. 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.”
If the issue involving Ramirez was a drug violation, he would be facing a suspension of 100 games.
Ramirez, with 555 career home runs, signed with the Rays this offseason and was off to a 1-for-17 start at the plate. The 12-time All-Star wasn’t with the team on Thursday because manager Joe Maddon said he was attending to a “family matter.”
In 2009, Ramirez, 38, was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league’s drug policy.
“We are obviously surprised and disappointed by the news,” the Rays said in a follow-up statement. “We will have no further comment on this matter, and our fans and organization will carry on.”
The Rays selected the contract of Casey Kotchman from Triple-A Durham to fill Ramirez’s roster spot.
Reaction from around the league to Ramirez’s decision was swift.
“Up until the past couple of years, I thought he was on his way to the Hall of Fame,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I can’t think of a guy who got as many big hits as he did in his career. There are not many guys who could make a difference in a ballgame like him, You hate to see greatness all of a sudden fade. I thought he was a great player.”
Said former teammate Eric Hinske: “I loved him. He was always nice to me. He was always one of the hardest workers. He was always taking swings and getting his own BP guy throwing to him all the time. I know he’s had his issues with teammates. But during my time in Boston, he was great.”
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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