MLB: Tampa Bay Rays Manny Ramirez Retires After Issue with Drug Test

Jeffrey BeckmannCorrespondent IApril 8, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 01:  Designated hitter Manny Ramirez #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field on April 1, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, who helped lead the team to World Series victories in 2004 and 2007, has abruptly retired from Major League Baseball after what appears to be another failed drug test.

MLB released the following statement:

"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."

Ramirez is only a few games into his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he has only one hit in 17 at-bats. He is a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger. His 555 career home runs ranks 14th in MLB History.

So is Manny just being Manny? Or is he done for good?