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Manny Ramirez Has Retired After Signing With Tampa Bay Rays In January

Manny Ramirez has announced his plans to retire from the game of baseball according to a press release issued by Major League Baseball.

The 12-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and winner of batting, home run and RBI titles was apparently facing either a 100-game suspension or retirement after the league informed Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

In five games with the Tampa Bay Rays this season, Ramirez was 1-for-17 while striking out four times.

This is probably another case of Manny Being Manny, but the outfielder who began his MLB career with the Cleveland Indians in 1993 before moving to play for the Boston Red Sox and then later the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox before ending up with the Rays this offseason certainly was impressive -- and eclectic -- while enjoying quite a few standout seasons in his 18-year professional baseball career.

Th entire release from the MLB is attached.

"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."

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