Manny Ramirez Retiring

April 8, 2011 by staff 

Manny Ramirez Retiring, Manny Ramirez was removed, and apparently has nothing to do with its one-for-17 start of the season. Major League Baseball announced Friday in a statement that Ramirez was removed after being notified of a matter relating to the sport’s drug policy.

Ramirez, who was in his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays, tested positive for a performance enhancing drug in spring training, according to The Associated Press and The New York Times. AP quoted a source close to the events and the Times based its report on two people briefed on the matter.

Ramirez was suspended for games in for violating drug policy and a second offense would have resulted in a ban of 100 games.

“Instead of continuing with the process under the program, Ramirez has informed the MLB who is retiring as an active player,” said a statement from the MLB. “If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed. MLB has no comment on this matter.”

Johnny Damon, Ramirez’s teammate with the Rays, said he heard Thursday night that Ramirez would not return to the team but did not know the reason.

“I’m surprised,” said Damon. “This spring we played well.”

Ramirez, 38, ends his -year career with 555 homers, 1.831 RBI and a .312 average. A 12-time All-Star is one of 25 players with over 500 homers and his 21 Grand Slam tournaments had tied Alex Rodriguez for the most among active players.

“We are obviously surprised and disappointed by the news,” said the Rays in a statement. “We will not comment further on this matter, and our fans and the organization will continue.”

The Rays promoted first baseman Casey Kotchman from Class AAA to replace Ramirez.

Ramirez was to select 13 for Cleveland in the draft and debuted with the Indians in 1993. He hit career-high homers in 1998 and launched a franchise record of 165 runs with homers in 1999.

He played in and 1997 World Series with the Indians but made his mark after signing an agreement and 160 million to join the Red Sox in December 2000. He helped Boston win the 2004 World Series, leading the AL with homers and a .613 slugging percentage after Boston put him on irrevocable waivers in, leaving him available to any team willing to pick up the rest of his contract.

There were no notes and did not find the Red Sox when Ramirez called for tenders to be negotiated in 2005. Since Ramirez’s production decreased, increased incidents of erratic behavior.

He and Kevin Youkilis are involved in an altercation in the dugout in 2008. Later in the season, Ramirez was charged in an altercation with traveling secretary Jack McCormick. Ram? Rez declared himself unable to play due to knee problems.

Boston eventually traded him to the Dodgers in a three-way contract, which scored Jason Bay on July 2008. Ramirez became the NL Player of the Month in August, reaching 0415 and help drive the Dodgers into the playoffs.

Then came 2009 and drug-related suspension. He took his 2,500 Th career hit in early 2010, but went to the disabled list three times and finally was claimed on waivers by the White Sox on the final straight.

Signed for a year and 2 million with Tampa Bay on January 21, 2011.

“It would have been nice to have left him in a grand stage,” said Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo was teammates with Ramirez in Boston. “It is terrible that many people will forget UPTE the 550 homers and 100 RBI seasons.”

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