Manny Ramirez has announced his retirement from major league baseball, rather than continue with the league’s drug use program.

The slugger is just the most recent in a litany of elite hitters who have seen their reputations tarnished by the use of performance-enhancing drugs. How great could they have been without?

Manny will go down as one of the greatest pure hitters of his generation, and will never sniff the Hall of Fame because “great” wasn’t enough.

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