Breaking News:  According to a Major League Baseball press release, Manny Ramirez is retiring as an active baseball player.  As per the press release, “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.”

This would be Ramirez’s second violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  If Ramirez had cooperated, he would be subject to a 100-game suspension.

 Upon receiving word of Ramirez’s decision, the Tampa Bay Rays released the following statement: “The Tampa Bay Rays were informed today by the Commissioner’s Office that Manny Ramirez has decided to retire after being informed of an issue under the Drug Program.   We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news.  We will have no further comment on this matter, and our fans and organization will carry on.”

Sounds like Manny’s just being Manny.

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