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article imageManny Ramirez announces his retirement

By Michael Bearak     Apr 10, 2011 in Sports
Manny Ramirez announced Friday that he would be retiring from baseball. This announcement comes on the heels of finding out he had again violated Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Manny Ramirez was many things to baseball, he was a fiery component of two Boston Red Sox World Series Teams. He was also often the focus of off-the-field issues, which often seemed to call into question his commitment to the Boston Red Sox. On Friday he earned himself one more title that of "Former-Major League Baseball Player" when he announced his retirement from the game of baseball. As it turned out Ramirez was facing a 100 game suspension for failing a drug test for Major League Baseball. Back in 2009 he was suspended 50 games for failing a test back then as well.
The Rays' slugger tested positive during spring training, still he told ESPN, "I'm at ease. God knows what's best [for me]. I'm now an officially retired baseball player. I'll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man."
If Ramirez had not retired he would have been the first player to test positive a second time under the new performance-enhancing drug policy that went into effect in 2005. Major League Baseball announced that there was an issue under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ramirez had 555 home-runs, and many expected him to go into the Hall of Fame at some point, but now this retirement has called all of that into question. Still his on-base slugging percentage of 154 was amongst the higher for right-handed batters who played at least 1000 games in the outfield. As a matter of fact he only trailed Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Joe Dimaggio on that list again bringing up conversations of his eventual acceptance to Coopers Town.
Manny Ramirez.
Manny Ramirez.
Former Tampa Bay and Boston teammate Johnny Damon said, "It's unfortunate, I don't know everything that's been brought up. All I know is he's a great teammate and a great player.It's going to be sad not seeing Manny Ramirez ever around a baseball field." Damon and Ramirez played together on the 2004 Boston Red Sox Championship Team, where Ramirez was named World Series MVP. It was that World Series victory that ended the 86 year drought for the Red Sox and Beantown.
As the career of Manny Ramirez comes to a close he ends with the following stats; .312 hitter, 14th on the career home run list, and 13 seasons of 100 or more RBIs.
Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington offered this assessment of Ramirez after the announcement of his retirement, "Until the past couple of years, I thought he was on his way to the Hall of Fame. I don't think many guys got as many big hits in their careers as he has. There weren't many guys who had as big an effect on a game as he had. You hate to see greatness all of a sudden just fade."
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