Manny Ramirez to retire, MLB says
April 8th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Manny Ramirez to retire, MLB says

Manny Ramirez is calling it quits after being informed of an issue under Major League Baseball's drug treatment program, Major League Baseball said Friday.

"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," the statement said.

SI.com: Sad ending to once-great career Ramirez's new legacy

Ramirez finishes his career as a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 career home runs and 1,329 RBIs. Ramirez was a 12-time All-Star selection and the 2004 World Series MVP.

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In 2009, Ramirez was suspended for 50 games after violating the league's drug policy.

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  1. Hemster DoggyDog

    Sad..he'd rather retire than complete drug rehabilitation...at least that's how I read this story.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Randy

    Baseball been a joke for years so much cheating going on it's a joke it's just like basketball it's also a joke to many high payed players just wantng the big money houses and cars I say do away with all of them caes closed.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • point shaver

      there has ALWAYS been cheating going on in baseball ever since the beginning. why are you so surprised now . Look at the Black Sox of the early 1900's followed by drug users like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. The list goes on and on. These men brought a lot of excitement to fans all over the world just like Strawberry,Rose, Clemens,Bond's, Sosa,McGuire, and the list goes on and on. It's always been there, why now all of a sudden it's a big deal ? Hypocrite's, Lynch Mob' s, Committees , and Bureaucrats, Republicans,Democrats , everybody's gotta choke the ball players now. Why now? It's always been part of the game. Why now ? just think about that one for a bit. I'll give you a hint . $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      April 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jingles

    Well done Manny-the heat was on and you ran, running on empty is in your eyes. Ya might have been a ood player but not a great one. They are gettin rarer than hens teeth in all sports.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Vick

    April 9, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. august ghost

    When a player begins his MLB career, they should measure the size of his nuts...then each year, check them again...if the boys are shrinkin, well he's usin'

    April 9, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ed Wood

    I for one enjoyed Manny's presence in baseball. He was fun to watch even though these last few years have been odd at best. He still has the best swing in baseball in my humble opinion.

    Manny you are welcome to come play for my softball team now that you're free. We won't test you and all I require is that you show up for games. Practice is optional.

    Let me know before my roster is full otherwise you'll have to wait till next year...

    April 9, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • point shaver

      there has ALWAYS been cheating going on in baseball ever since the beginning. why are you so surprised now . Look at the Black Sox of the early 1900's followed by drug users like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. The list goes on and on. These men brought a lot of excitement to fans all over the world just like Strawberry,Rose, Clemens,Bond's, Sosa,McGuire, and the list goes on and on. It's always been there, why now all of a sudden it's a big deal ? Hypocrite's, Lynch Mob' s, Committees , and Bureaucrats, Republicans,Democrats , everybody's gotta choke the ball players now. Why now? It's always been part of the game. Why now ? just think about that one for a bit. I'll give you a hint . $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      April 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bballbell

    I'm so glad he's "retired" ... Or unofficially canned! I live in LA , one of the few that's not Mexican or Latin. Manny was full of typical Spanish/ Mexican laziness when he played here. He only does what he has to, never anything more ! Good bye for life....hopefully!

    April 9, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Joel Raes

    Great career.. but sometime you gotta go.

    thanks, joel raes

    April 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. point shaver

    there has ALWAYS been cheating going on in baseball ever since the beginning. why are you so surprised now . Look at the Black Sox of the early 1900's followed by drug users like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. The list goes on and on. These men brought a lot of excitement to fans all over the world just like Strawberry,Rose, Clemens,Bond's, Sosa,McGuire, and the list goes on and on. It's always been there, why now all of a sudden it's a big deal ? Hypocrite's, Lynch Mob' s, Committees , and Bureaucrats, Republicans,Democrats , everybody's gotta choke the ball players now. Why now? It's always been part of the game. Why now ? just think about that one for a bit. I'll give you a hint . it's all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    April 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • point shaver

      beefing up the ball for more home runs, raising the mound for picture advantage. Baseball has always been either giving the advantage to the hitters at times , the pitchers at other times. What's the big deal? When it comes to steroids, it was always the players option in the good old days .all players could if they wanted to and it allowed older players to extend there careers a bit . This went on and worked fine with no major complaints for a good guess ? 100 years ? it worked just fine and the fans got what they paid for. Now they change the rules in the middle of the game . Way to go Manny for sticking to your guns. These hypocrites have done enough to take the fun out of the game. You don't need the money. Enjoy life now that You won't have to Kiss up to the Point Shavers anymore. I really enjoyed watching You play . I will always Love players like You from the bottom of my heart. You will always be in my hall of fame. Nobody will ever match your production consistency totals
      year after year. Even if the Hall of Fame pulls a "Pete Rose on you, don't let it bother You. You did it right You are a Legend and I'm sure Joe Torre will agree

      April 10, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bballbell

    Point shaver is a flat out idiot..... I hate to be rude but if you dint mind me asking are you Hispanic? I thought so ....

    April 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MLBs FAULT

      Sure you hate to be rude? WRONG You didn't understand a word of logic that Point Shaver explained . that's because You are the air head idiot here Bballbell . Nobody can knock any sense in that thick empty scull of yours with a RACIST brain the size of a peanut

      April 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jethro

    all of you Manny haters are a bunch of childish brain dead sheep. None of you know your ass from page 2 of what really happened here. Your all like a lynch mob. A bunch of ornery sheep that just follow the herd and mouth off for attention. You will all have your day of judgment and it don't look pretty ! With fans like You , who needs enemies . Your the real disgrace to the game of baseball. Thank you, Manny , Barry , Roger, Mark,Sammy,Arod, and all the rest of you players that did what you did to entertain the appreciative fans all over the country. You knew the health risk of taking the optional enhancing drugs and you did it anyway to play at the top of your game to entertain the appreciative fans. I't's easy for the wanna be hero's to criticize the player's that actually became fan hero's GROW UP CHILDREN

    April 13, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
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