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April 8, 2011

Manny Ramirez Retires

Filed under: Major League Baseball — eadeutsch @ 3:22 pm
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Major League Baseball sent out a press release moments ago saying that Manny Ramirez has informed his team that he will be retiring.

The 38-year old 12-time All-Star has been struggling on the Tampa Bay Rays for the first week of the team.

The statement, in part, read as follows: “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.”

Manny won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, was World Series MVP in the 2004 series, but has struggled since he was suspended in the 2009 season for violating the MLB performance enhancement drug policy.

UPDATE: It has become clear that Manny Ramirez failed a drug test that was issued to him during spring training.  Instead of opting to sit out for a league mandated 100-game suspension, Ramirez decided to hang up the cleats.

Does his “alleged” continued use of PEDs mean he is less likely to be voted into the Hall of Fame in six years?

Would you vote Manny into the Hall?


  1. Tim Kurkjian made it very clear on ESPN that there is a 0% chance Manny Ramirez would be voted into the Hall of Fame. Off stats alone, he’s a shoe-in on the first ballot, but he’s now tested positive twice. Neither Rafael Palmeiro nor Mark McGwire have come close the necessary percentage of the sports writers’ vote necessary for induction. Palmeiro tested positive once and McGwire never tested positive.

    Comment by davidfurones — April 9, 2011 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  2. Look at McGwire’s stats and you understand why he won’t get voted in. Outside of home runs (fueled by his use of andro), his average was average at best (.267), he was a terrible playoff performer (a .217 career average in six trips to the postseason, and an even worse .188 career average in three trips to the World Series), and he was never a good fielder. He was an incredible power hitter who’s numbers were clearly fueled by his drug use.

    Palmeiro never won or even played in a World Series. While always one of the top hitters in the game, he also played his entire career in Texas and Baltimore- two hitters’ havens. He was a 4-time All-Star, and never finished better than 5th in voting for MVP. Yes, if he hadn’t tested positive, he was probably a HOF’er. But again, this wasn’t a guy who was a Manny Ramirez. Manny was a 12-time All-Star, with a career average well over .300, and a career OBP well over .400. He was a World Series MVP, and a two-time World Series champion.

    Yes, he failed two tests. He very well could have been juicing his entire career. But realistically, Manny got old, and didn’t want to fade away. He did what Bonds did- cheated at the tail end of his career. Look at Manny’s swing. No steroids can make a swing that beautiful. Sure, it may have turned some doubles into homers. But in my mind, in terms of pure talent, Manny is one of the five greatest players I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by michaelperchick — April 11, 2011 @ 12:28 am | Reply

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