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Manny Ramirez Retires From Baseball Before MLB Punishes Him For Drug Violation, According To Reports

According to multiple sources, the Tampa Bay Rays' Manny Ramirez has decided to retire from baseball before the league can hand him a 100-game suspension this time for performance-enhancing drug use. Ramirez had previously been suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games in 2009 following a previous bust for PED use, supposedly a women's fertility drug used to recover from using steroids. After spending the next season and a half, Ramirez moved to Tampa Bay for the 2011 season.

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If his first suspension didn't end his chances at Cooperstown, Ramirez likely stands at 0.0 percent right now to make the Hall of Fame in five years. Hell, he'll probably not even reach the required number of votes to stay on the ballot after his first year of eligibility.

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Playing most of his career in the American League, the Rockies rarely saw Ramirez. In game one of the 2007 World Series, Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, three runs scored and a walk. He managed a hit and a walk in the remaining three games of the series. In 29 career regular season games against the Rockies, Manny hit .284 with a .798 OPS and three of his 555 home runs.