Star Slugger Manny Ramirez Fails Drug Test, Retires

Tampa Bay star tested positive in spring training
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
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Posted Apr 8, 2011 4:58 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Manny Ramirez in a file photo.   (Mike Carlson)
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(Newser) – Another baseball star goes down: Manny Ramirez has retired after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training, reports the New York Times. It was the star slugger's third offense, and he would have faced a 100-game suspension. Ramirez didn't join his new team, the Tampa Bay Rays, on its trip to Chicago earlier this week, notes the Tampa Tribune.

"Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," says a league statement. "Rather than continue with the process under the Program, Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player."

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