Manny Ramirez was facing a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug on Friday but he decided he would take a different route. Instead of going through the suspension he says that he will retire as an active player instead of going through the suspension. This test was taken during spring training but he was just recently informed of the positive results. Do you think the Rays will miss Manny Ramirez?
A news release from the commissioner’s office said they had recently notified Manny Ramirez “of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” If he wanted to return to baseball he would have to face discipline because of testing positive for the performance-enhancing drugs. This was strike three for this player. Maybe Manny Ramirez figured he was under a three strikes your out system.
Back in the year 2009 he had to undergo suspension because of the urine sample he gave having elevated levels of testosterone. That was his last run in with positive tests so you really wonder if he ever really quit taking them or just lucked out until now. Ramirez played 66 games for the LA Dodgers in 2010 and 24 games for the Chicago White Sox. Manny Ramirez signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays in January and had a 1 for 17 in five games this season.