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Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 6:23 pm


By Evan Brunell

In a move out of left field, Manny Ramirez has retired, and it may have something to do with steroids. MLB issued a statement in the middle of the Red Sox-Yankees game announcing Ramirez's decision.

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.

Michael Schmidt of the New York Times adds more information, saying Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training and the test recently returned positive to baseball's offices. That jives with MLB's statement, and Ramirez would be facing a 100-game suspension if he chose to return to the game. Ramirez previously served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for HCG, a women's fertility drug that can be used to restart a body's testosterone production after a steroid cycle. He is also thought to be on the sealed list of players who tested positive in 2003; the same list Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are believed to be on.

The Rays were surprised of the news, as Ramirez did not even give them a heads up.

"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."

Sports Illustrated has more on the suspension, saying Ramirez was in the middle of the appeal process that involved re-testing his sample with independent doctors as well as speaking to MLB about why he tested positive. However, Ramirez dropped the appeal midway through in order to retire.

Ramirez walks away after just 17 plate appearances with the Rays on a make-good $2 million deal to function as the team's DH. He mustered just one RBI single before leaving the team for "personal reasons" Thursday. He was also scratched from Wednesday's lineup with what manager Joe Maddon called as simply a break. That means his final game came on Tuesday in Anaheim taking on the Angels when he made a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning, recording an out.

As one of the stars who dominated the headlines during his career, for both heroics on the field and antics off (and sometimes on), Ramirez was one of the more polarizing players of his generation. For his dominance, he earned over $200 million, including his eight-year, $160 million pact he signed with Boston for the 2001 season.

There's no ignoring Ramirez's impact on the field as he banged 555 home runs in a 19-season career, eight apiece with the Red Sox and Indians before traveling a nomadic career by spending three years with the Dodgers and parts of a season with both the White Sox and Rays. But there was plenty off the field that Ramirez struggled with, as he constantly butted heads with ownership and players in Boston before finally forcing his way out of town to Los Angeles. Although he was hailed upon his arrival, Dodgertown quickly soured on Ramirez as well and he was dealt to the White Sox last August for a forgettable stint.

Now, Ramirez's last act is to stun baseball by retiring in-season due to a PED issue. Only Manny would be able to pull this off. 

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:27 pm

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:16 pm

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

Spelling counts only in term papers and spelling bees.  I'm not going to rip into someone for bad spelling. 

All of you who are hating on Manny Ramirez and others that are definitely guilty of steroid use are hypocrites.  All of you perverts get excited when you watch a porno with a woman with implants.  Those are the real cheaters.  And even if a woman does "cheat" with implants and surgeries or whatever I still don't hate on her.  I will let GOD be the judge.

One guy on here stated that professional athletes are entertainers.  Just what I had said earlier.  And as an entertainer Manny Ramirez entertained MANY baseball fans.

Let's just let this whole steroids/cheater thing end already.  Nobody is completely innocent.  I loved Cal Ripken as a player but maybe he cheated on his wife. Maybe not.  Maybe he cheated on his taxes or maybe not.  He's human and when I hear of any of his failings in my mind it will not take away from what he was as a baseball player.  I loved watching him play.  I loved reading about him.  And I enjoy looking at his plaque in Cooperstown. 

The garbage starts at the top and it comes down like an avalanche, heaviest at the bottom.

In 10 years or so when ALL players who once took steroid are out of the game completely there will be a new PED.  Count on it.  In all competitive situations people look for an edge, a loophole, scam, or outright cheating method.  It's a fact of life.  How about the elbow pad/brace that allows a batter to stay in on the plate without as much fear of getting hurt.  It allows them to reach the outside pitch better.  Is that cheating?  Pitchers with helmets on the horizon.  Is it purely for safety or a competitive edge?  Where does it end?  Robots on the field? 

The only way to control the competition is to speak up, act, react, boycott, or support.  We are the consumers.  We supported baseball in record numbers during the height of "the steroids era".  We didn't create the problem but did we stop it?  Did we speak up against it.  I told anyone that would listen that I suspected PEDs when the numbers were out of whack.  Because I had knowledge of baseball history.  I knew about Maris, Mantle, Musial, Aaron, Mays, Williams, Ruth, and so on.  If you don't like something then don't support it.  I don't support the NBA anymore because I believe that its a complete farce.

I love baseball and I understand that it has always been a changing game.  The game has evolved.  That's why I believe that it's ridiculous to compare, accurately, players of different eras.  The game is more pitching and defense now.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  I will still enjoy it as much as I can.  It's still a simple game played with a ball, stick and glove.  That's why any kid in the world can play it and enjoy it.  If you want to learn a little bit about what makes baseball a great game read Buck O'Neil's book, The Soul of Baseball.  Read a book!!!  All of you!  I have read enough baseball books to earn a Phd.  Why?  Because I really love the sport.  I don't call myself a fan of a certain team just so that I can put down another team or the fans of another team.  Buck O'Neil does not trash about any of the PED users (accused or guilty).  He just loves the game, dirty or clean, integrated or separated, foreign or domestic, or now or then.

People, rise up!!  Rise above the gutter.  Rise above the dirt.  Rise above the trash.  Let's just enjoy the game together, regardless of what team we root for or where we live or where we come from.

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:14 am

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Plagarise much?  Not an original post at all....I dont remember where this came from but I have read it/heard it somewhere.

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:13 am

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

Has no one ever told you that entering a debate on a spelling issue is one of the most annoying things ever?  Some of the most intelligent people I know can't spell worth a damn.  Different part of the brain.  If all you got is spelling, keep it to yourself please.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:58 pm

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

On the contrary. Steriods do alot for the hand eye coordination or they wouldn't do them. It speeds their bat up.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:08 pm

Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue

HAILTHECHIEFS, have you ever considered at least looking up the proper spelling of players' names before you write irrational tripe about them?  People may make the mistake of thinking you know something if you do that.

Andy Pettitte (double points, got both names wrong)
Mariano Rivera (same)

Good grief, you even spelled "Ramirez" wrong when he's the subject of the original story!

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Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:36 am
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