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Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement:

“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.”

Since the report of his retirement came out it has been confirmed by multiple sources that Ramirez failed a drug test during spring training. Thus his retirement preempts a mandatory 100-game  suspension.

Manny was 1 for 17 for the Rays this year.  This was preceded by competing talk over the winter in which most people doubted Ramirez’s motivation in light of his meager contract while some — this writer included — thought that he felt he had something to prove to himself or baseball.  The drug situation obviously impacts this in a completely different way.

I’m assuming we’ll get an official statement from Ramirez or his agent soon.  We’ll update as we learn more.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Holy crapsticks, Batman!

  2. micker716 - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    You think there might be more to this story?

    • phukyouk - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      RUMOR has it he did not want to finish the drug program that he had to take cause of the birth control he was taking… he retired as an active player.

      • scatterbrian - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        I was wondering the same thing. Maybe that stuff he was taking when he got busted was legit (or at least beneficial to him off the field) though still banned.

  3. phukyouk - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! nutbag.

    sooooooooooooo HOF or no?

  4. bobulated - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    I’m hearing rumors testing might have popped him for PED’s again so he’s packing it in rather than deal with a suspension…again.

    • unclemax4 - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      “Rumors”.

  5. sdelmonte - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Did you read the statement – I took it from the “Worldwide Leader”:

    “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.”

    Very interesting indeed.

    That sound you just heard may have been the doors to Cooperstown slamming shut. Again.

    • bobulated - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Not sure he had a shot after the first suspension.

  6. Utley's Hair - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    See? He just doesn’t care enough about baseball.

    • arbornicer - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      maybe you care TOO much about baseball for not playing it?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

        And you know me to say that I’ve never played it?

        For your information, I was referring to a comment made in another HBT post from earlier in the week.

  7. Jack Marshall - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Shock? Shock? Gee, Manny Ramirez resorts to cheating, which he is on record as believing is ‘no big deal’, then quits on his team and team mates when they are down. Wow! Who could have ever expected this of Manny? With his record of team loyalty, courage, fair play and intelligence!

    Now to collect from all those people I had bets with that Manny wouldn’t last til June with the Rays. Suckers.

  8. madhatternalice - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Maybe that’s what the “Players Only” meeting was about?

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      Nah, that was just Johnny Rah-Rah stuff.

  9. sanzarq - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Another Cheater exposed. We don’t need guys like this clogging up MLB rosters. Apparently, without the juice, Manny couldn’t hit a lick. What a loser!

    • arbornicer - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      yeah he couldn’t hit a lick before he went to LA and TB. he’s not one of the best right handers of his era, nooo way.

      • marshmallowsnake - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        Right…but there was not the same testing in place…and he would have tested positive before LA…

  10. uyf1950 - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he won’t be able to help the Rays this season. Unless one considers that by him retiring he has done more for the Rays today then he ever could have done for them during the season. That’s just my opinion.

    • bobulated - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      The truth is that this happening now probably does help out the Rays long-term this season; they don’t even have to pay to get rid of an out machine who is a sulker and probably should have retired after last season.

  11. Jonny 5 - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Shocked? Not in the least.

  12. elmaquino - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    LA Times says he DID retire after failing another PED test. Woulda been out for 100 games anyways.

  13. macjacmccoy - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Damn Craig I didnt know you could get raw talent out of the inside of a needle. The fact that he has tested positive twice since baseball started cracking down on steroids, had his best years when they werent, and now is quiting because he got caught again makes me believe that he was a more a creation of steroids then anyone else in basball.

    I mean come on he got caught using the other year then stunk when he came back. Then he gets another job this year but gets caught again and then quits because of it. It seems to me like hes admitting he cant get it done without it.

    I dont really care about the steroids thing as much as everyone else. If they did it whatever I just dont like hearing people sing the praises of how much talent these guys had when clearly it wasnt talent that was getting them by.

  14. sometogethernow - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Fix the headline?

  15. mac065 - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    manny is still doping? what a dope!

  16. marshmallowsnake - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    The shocker is that he did not learn the first time…what an idiot!

    • Jack Marshall - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Well, we KNEW he was an idiot, right? I mean, not in the fun-loving guy sense, but in the Forrest Gump with spikes sense. Please…nobody write that they’re “disappointed.”

  17. purdueman - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Uh-oh! You know what this means guys… Manny will now likely go off the pill and risk getting pregnant!!!

    I’ve said it all through spring training… the Rays will be sorry that they didn’t build more of a veteran bench, and now they already are. The D-Backs are aggressively shopping Russell Branyon; that might be the Rays best short term option.

    Good news I’m sure for the White Sox though, as the already reeling Rays just got a big kick in the gut going into tonight’s game against a tough pitcher in John Danks.

  18. SmackSaw - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Shoot! I thought he’d at least make it through April.

  19. stevem7 - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    I don’t know why the headline says “SHOCKER”. Drug usage is a plague upon our society and whether it be narcotics, steroids, or any other illegal substance the problem is the users never ever think they will get caught or that it is hurting them. Manny is just another in a long line of users and somewhere down the road he will either be dead broke from buying this junk or dead from overdosing on it. Good riddance to a useless person.

  20. purdueman - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Manny screwed up in that he should have simply retired while still on top at the end of the 2009 season. Now he’s been totally exposed as a PED fraud and I think (and hope), that any shot he had at the baseball hall of fame is now gone. He’s just been painted with the same brush as Barroid, Clemens, Sosa and Palmeiro, and sadly goes out as a disgraced cheat, not the feared hitter he was during his early Cleveland days.

  21. hittfamily - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Damon and Ramirez for 9 million a year.
    Damon -Ramirez for 7 million a year over 2 years.
    Yuck

  22. Panda Claus - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Rebuild-mode just started again for Tampa. With a fistful of great draft picks this June, plus a pretty high pick next year, they won’t be down for too long.

  23. bigxrob - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    If Manny gets in the Hall, would he wear a Rays cap?

  24. dfensfelix - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Cheater, twice busted. Once a great hitter or not, absolutely no Hall of Fame.

  25. riverace19 - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Shocker? No way
    Don’t assume that PEDs showed up – could have been any number of things knowing Manny.
    Rays have to rebuild NOW? That started when Crawford Pena and Garza left. Manny was a potential stop gap.
    Manny is compelling if nothing else. One of the greatest hitters of our time and one of THE BEST playoff clutch hitters of all time.
    HOF? Shaky at best. Unless time heals all, Manny has too much baggage to fit through the doors of Cooperstown.

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