Manny Ramirez Retires

Manny Ramirez has retired, Major League Baseball announced. MLB says it notified Ramirez of "an issue" under its drug program and that the longtime slugger decided to retire instead of continuing with the process. 

Ramirez would have faced a 100-game suspension if he hadn't retired, because he tested positive for a banned substance, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times (on Twitter). The positive test occurred in Spring Training, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). It would have been Ramirez's second major drug-related suspension; he was suspended for 50 games after a positive drug test in 2009.

Five games into his one-year, $2MM contract with the Rays, Ramirez's brief tenure in Tampa is over. He went 1/17 with a single and an RBI, getting booed by his own fans in the process. The Rays did not anticipate this development.

"We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news," the club said in a statement. "We will have no further comment on this matter."

Ramirez ends his 19-year big league career with 2574 hits, 1831 RBI, a .312 batting average, a .411 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage. The 12-time All-Star ranks 14th all-time with 555 homers and 9th all-time with a .996 OPS. Ramirez played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rays and White Sox, winning nine Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron Awards and the 2004 World Series MVP. He earned over $200MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference, but won't earn the bulk of his agreed upon 2011 salary.


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202 Comments on "Manny Ramirez Retires"


yabud
4 years 4 months ago

Seriously? … wow.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
4 years 4 months ago

Mannywood, then Manny wouldn’t. WWMD?

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

Manny tried… But failed!

tiotony
4 years 4 months ago

Manny being Manny with an occasional injection..

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Booooo.. I was really hoping he’d have an awesome year.

grownice
4 years 4 months ago

Lol why?

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

I commented before the story of him testing positive was added.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

You must have Manny confused with the Orioles. Now there’s a feelgood story. Outside of the Sox and Yankees, they’re looking Ike the 3rd best team in the East by a mile!

4 years 4 months ago

Umm… right now the Red Sox are looking like the 8th best team in the East, right after the hot-dog vendors at the Rogers Centre…

Dr. Frank N Furter
4 years 4 months ago

Well that was very abrupt… and I checked that today’s not 4/1

vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

You had to check?

4 years 4 months ago

I really don’t know how to read this guy. Is this for attention or is he genuinely done?

Edit: never mind, it’s because of the drug issue

BlueCatuli
4 years 4 months ago

The Rays website says he left for a family matter.

CubsonTap
4 years 4 months ago

Manny’s pregnant! More female fertility drugs.

coolstorybro222
4 years 4 months ago

Johnny Damon’s the father.

gmenfan
4 years 4 months ago

Family matter ? Since when is “trying to beat a drug suspension” considered a “family matter” ?

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

HOF or no?

I vote no until another known steroid/PED user gets in. I am not against them from getting in, but it’s not fair to put some in and keep some out. And I”m talking about those who have the numbers for it- McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, Palmeiro, Manny, A-Rod, Bonds etc.

cookj
4 years 4 months ago

no HOF for him

4 years 4 months ago

mcgwire and palmeiro dont have even close the the quality of numbers than manny has

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

McGwire, no. But Palmeiro? Absolutely. 1 of 4 players with 500 HR and 3000 hits.

Career WAR
Palmeiro- 75.5
Manny- 71.9

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

not that the HOF voters know anything about anything, but you’re right

manny’s 152 wRC+ is 25th all-time. he has a .417 career wOBA. add that to the counting stats (2500 hits, 550 HRs) and he’s an easy vote

he absolutely gets an asterisk and i don’t have a problem excluding him if they also exclude every other confirmed user, but otherwise he’s a lock

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

career fielding total:

-155.7

awesome

4 years 4 months ago

“he absolutely gets an asterisk and i don’t have a problem excluding him if they also exclude every other confirmed user, but otherwise he’s a lock”

LOL!!! And if your aunt had a twig, she’d be your uncle…..

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

my aunt’s career OPS is 9th in baseball history

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

And what was your uncle’s?

4 years 4 months ago

Thats Lame!

RiverKKiller999
4 years 4 months ago

I guess he didn’t wanna waste his time with a team that is 0-6? Wow, wasn’t expecting this, not this early in the season anyways…

4 years 4 months ago

No; he’d be set to miss 100 games if he stayed.

Nick Novak
4 years 4 months ago

Wow. Shocked would be an understatement.

Bo
4 years 4 months ago

Manny being Manny.

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

Who had the over/under on the back of Joe Maddon’s T-shirt saying
“…Oooops, you don’t have to tell me anything”

RIP steve jobs
4 years 4 months ago

its because all his female hormones

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 4 months ago

Busted.

Rick Garcia
4 years 4 months ago

hope no one drafted him in their fantasy leagues…

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

guilty

Slopeboy
4 years 4 months ago

Another example of why Farrel’s managing the Jays and you’re not!

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

That was a pretty poor attempt at what ever you were trying to accomplish.

Slopeboy
4 years 4 months ago

@ Lunchbox as well. This past winter there were all the rumblings about Manny signing with the Jays. They were projected to have an inside track because Farrell was the manager and familiar with Manny from their days in Boston. My take was that was the reason the Jays passed on Manny.That Lunchbox would choose Manny for his fantasy team and Farrel would pass struck me as funny.Didn’t think my ‘Lame’ joke would strike a nerve, or confuse.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

wait… what? what’s your point?
Lunchbox took a flyer on manny who could post decent numbers in fantasy. fantasy doesn’t take into account salary, team chemistry (which i could care less for), direction of the team, fieling, etc. It is completely different from actully signing manny to a team you dolt.

Slopeboy
4 years 4 months ago

Obviously you don’t understand english or maybe reading comprehension is beyond your skills. I explained the poor attempt at humor which seems to bother you more than anyone else, judging by your unnecessary response. I suggest you read it once more, since you didn’t get my point. If it still bothers you, you can place your thumb where the sun don’t shine and yell fire!

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

Strike a nerve? No.

Confuse? Yeah, a little.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

It’s pretty obvious what he’s trying to accomplish. I can see why it went over tour head though being that you’re from Maine and probably have a 3rd grade education!

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t even need to say anything. I could never say anything that would make you look as bad as you’ve already done yourself.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

No one here is surprised!

phoenix2042
4 years 4 months ago

drafted him, traded him, laughing at the guy who took him in a trade.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

what did you get back?

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

lower blood pressure

phoenix2042
4 years 4 months ago

I traded manny and kimbrel (braves closer) for kevin youkilis (he better pick it up soon) and ian kinsler. how did you think I did?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

Amazing. I love kimrel but still amazing trade.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

phoenix anthopolous

Stl_Great
4 years 4 months ago

I wish I had that stupid of people in my league.

eyedessert
4 years 4 months ago

Picked him up off the FA pool in one of my leagues. Can’t say I’ll have a hard time replacing him though.

4 years 4 months ago

Caught drugging again? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out… Cheater!

Rabbitov
4 years 4 months ago

For all you know he could have been doing crack. I actually find that alarmingly likely.

0bsessions
4 years 4 months ago

Manny was waaaaaaaay too relaxed to be on crack.

dc21892
4 years 4 months ago

He’s half the reason I bought tickets to see the Sox vs. Rays on Tuesday. Wanted to see him return, WTFFFFFFF. Lol, oh well.

suffern
4 years 4 months ago

What was the other half?

dc21892
4 years 4 months ago

Going to one of the greatest ballparks around & seeing my favorite team.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

sounds like that will still be enough for you to have a good time

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

Must be talking about the Sox and Fenway! Much better than that generic monstrosity in Toronto called the Rogers Center!

guest_54
4 years 4 months ago

LOL!! Seriously? You try to insult a guy from Maine about his education and then you can’t even understand the difference between Rays and Jays . . . too funny! The guy said he was going to see the Sox and the RAYS so he could see Manny!

4 years 4 months ago

Not only that, but the original poster clearly said “on Tuesday”… This RedSoxDynasty doesn’t even know who his team is playing in the next series… Or if they’re at home or away…

Yucavich
4 years 4 months ago

The real question…Will he go into the HOF as a Ray?

RIP steve jobs
4 years 4 months ago

LOL he did just as good as a ray, and a White Sox maybe both

coolstorybro222
4 years 4 months ago

or how about never going in.

woadude
4 years 4 months ago

No as a White Sox.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

this is way, way worse for the rays than going 0-6

renegadeisback
4 years 4 months ago

notsureifsrs

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

srs. one of the reasons for them not to worry too much about the slow start was knowing guys like manny would revert to the mean

manny now reverting to the couch instead

renegadeisback
4 years 4 months ago

Manny was a 1.5 WAR player last year. Losing that isn’t way way worse than going 0-6.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

that’s because he played half of a season and had to play in the outfield for a good part of it. this year he would have DHed exclusively

last year he hit .298/.409/.460 with a wOBA of .382. do you know how good that is?

adrian gonzalez does, because he hit .298/.393/.511 woBA.378 last year

YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

I love it when you shine light on the truth. Last yearManny had a good year despite what he did or didn’t do in Chicago.

All the facts are out on Manny but all I have to say is “how stupid can you be”?

bjsguess
4 years 4 months ago

Canceled that trade offer I had out there.

What a blow. Even a crippled Manny is a force to be reckoned with. It must be drug related. I just believe he had more in the tank.

ea19
4 years 4 months ago

More PED’s in his tank!!!!

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

exclamation point

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

oneoneone?

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

exclamation point

bacon_bitz
4 years 4 months ago

Welp. Whatever slim ounce I had for the Rays is now gone. Is it 2012 yet?

grownice
4 years 4 months ago

you mean 2015?

bacon_bitz
4 years 4 months ago

Funny.

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 4 months ago

The few, the proud? The Rays fans? o.O

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 4 months ago

fan*

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

welp indeed

countdown to draft day

renegadeisback
4 years 4 months ago

Manny is a gangster. Retired instead of complying with MLB.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

Very RIcky Williams-esque