Former Sox great Manny Ramirez retires amid more drug allegations

During the seven and a half seasons that Manny Ramirez played for the Boston Red Sox, he was without question one of the most feared right-handed hitters in the major leagues. Together with David Ortiz, they were a feared 3-4 combination that was arguably one of the best in baseball history. However now, the legacy of Manny Ramirez is forever tarnished.

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Major League Baseball announced on Friday afternoon that Ramirez, currently playing with the Tampa Bay Rays, suddenly announced his retirement from baseball after MLB had informed him that he was once again the subject of an ongoing investigation concerning the violation of MLB’s drug policy.

In their statement, MLB said:

“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.”

If Ramirez had in fact been found to be in violation of baseball’s drug policy, he would have become the first player in major league baseball to be suspended for 100 games.

After signing a free-agent contract with the Rays, Ramirez had gotten off to a rough start, hitting just .059 in his first five games.

Ramirez had previously been suspended in 2009 for 50 games while a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for violating Major League Baseball’s Performance Enhancing Drug policy.

A sad and moronic ending to a great career.

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