Major League Baseball has announced that Manny Ramirez will be retiring from baseball.

The somewhat cryptic statement issued by MLB states:

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.

Will Carroll is tweeting that Ramirez again tested positive for an illegal substance.

Sources confirm to me that Manny Ramirez tested postive for a banned substance and rather than appeal, he retired.

The saying goes fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I feel a little bit fooled by Manny Ramirez, but for whatever reason, I can’t bring myself to get angry at the player. If Alex Rodriguez were to suddenly get caught for a banned substance, my reaction would almost certainly be different, so I’m completely aware of my double standard when I write that I’ll be very sorry to not see Manny anymore.

He was great. And fun. And maybe the best hitter I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing play in person.

I think the best writing on Manny came from this New Yorker piece from 2007, written by Ben McGrath.

This quote seems most relevant:

Hey, I don’t know. Baseball, you know, one day you’re here, the next day you’re in another place. So you really cannot say, ‘Oh, I’m going to be here for a long time.’

According to MLBTR, the Tampa Bay Rays have also issued a brief statement:

We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news. We will have no further comment on this matter.

Ken Rosenthal has more details:

Source: Manny’s positive test occurred in spring training. Evidently did not appeal. Otherwise #MLB would have just announced suspension.

If indeed it was another positive test, Ramirez would’ve faced a 100 game suspension. Perhaps the only thing sadder than not being able to see Manny play again, is considering what a second positive drug test means to his future Hall of Fame candidacy. Given the way that Jeff Bagwell, a player that never reportedly tested positive for a banned substance, was treated during his first year of eligibility, what chance does Manny Ramirez have of ever entering the Hall of Fame?

Comments (25)

  1. Well its certainly great to see that Manny is doing the uh… honorable thing and seeking to preserve his um…shining legacy.

    Frankly, it smells as foul as something that washed up on the Tampa beach after the oil spill.

  2. Reading Manny would have had to serve a 100 game suspension if he didn’t retire.

  3. Will be interesting to see how this affects his HOF chances with all the “gatekeeper” BBWAA voters. I think he’d be in if he were to play two more decent years but I’d bet against him getting enough of the vote now.

  4. Kind of glad we didn’t sign Manny in the off-season now.

  5. Signing Manny in the off-season would have been stupid for the Jays even if he did stay playing all season. He’s done. This was just the fork to prove it.

  6. Well not sure he is “retiring” if he tested positive a second time. May also make sense why so few teams seemed to have interest in him – even at 2.5 million. I guess it is a good thing I don’t run the Jays as I would have liked to see him on the team.

    Manny has to be a complete idiot to test positive twice. Goodbye Hall of Fame chances for good!

  7. Kinda a bummer that this happened before the 22nd. I was looking forward to the Damon-Ramirez gong show at the Rogers Centre.

  8. 100 game suspension? That is actually coincidental because he joked in the Rays press conference (just after he signed) that Johnny Damon would play 100 games and he would play 62.

  9. Where’s that extra 2% now, bitches?

    I’m perfectly happy with a double-standard. McGwire, Sosa & Manny were never assholes -; Bonds certainly was, Giambi & Palmeiro less so, but still not terribly pleasant guys. I don’t think any should be in the Hall, but I’m going to continue to think warmly of the first three and damn the memory of the latter trio.

  10. Fuck ‘em. You can’t like rules until someone you like gets caught. Regardless, they’ll say this shows their system works, but in fact, it shows people are still accidentally taking medication that contains banned substances.

  11. One of the greatest hitters of all time. Should be a sure-fire HOF, but the writers care about PED use in baseball for whatever reason.

    The damn drug policy takes its first real casualty, I guess.

  12. “Signing Manny in the off-season would have been stupid for the Jays even if he did stay playing all season. He’s done. This was just the fork to prove it.”

    No. If he played all year, he probably would have put up another .400 OBP.

  13. Is it o.k. if I feel worse for Jonah Keri than I do for Manny? Poor Jonah’s been bragging up the Manny signing all spring.

  14. I guess all those steroids have finally worn off and made him useless another one gone all thats left is Alex Rodriguez and Derek jeter and Chipper jones John Smolths Josh Hamilton Mark Texteira and Carlos Beltran got to go and baseball will be clean again

  15. This is horrible. I mean, I know he brought it on himself, but the fact that he did… It’s tragic, really. He was such a great player for so long that you can’t help but feel that he deserved better — that he owed himself better.

    I hope this never happens again.

  16. Also, who else remembers the Joe Maddon Choose Your Own Adventure?

    Suddenly, this all makes so much more sense.

  17. who cares what drugs u do all of them in the world wont give u talent!!!!
    an besides manny smokes weed how is that preformance inhancing. lol
    oh an punk ass goof AROD does all the sterriods on earth an no one cares about that
    it is funny to me that yall wanna exicute Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, and MANNY. but AROD gets a pass when he is by far the worst of them all. must be nice to be a YANKEE.

  18. It wasn’t steroids fools. He simply tested positive for cocaine, lsd, pcp, thc, heroin, .39 blood alcohol content and the goddamm conservative MLB told him he had to go into rehab. He said “fuck this” and retired.

  19. I guess big Papi didnt want to share his eye drops with him. Too bad in a way, Manny as a hitter was flat-out amazing. I think even with slower bat-speed (sans PED’s) he would have hit for a great average and against any pitcher.

  20. I never noticed before, but young Manny looks a little bit like Yunel.

  21. Young Manny also looks a lot smaller. I guess we’ll probably find out what the substance was. If it was steroids then that’s rank stupidity, if it’s HGH, it might be a case of trying to get past one more injury — dumb but a little more forgiveable. I wish a guy like Zaun — who has nothing to lose — would come out and be honest about really how widespread the drugs were. If pretty much everyone who could positively benefit was using at one time or another what kind of affect that would that have on the HOF voting? They can’t just throw out two decades of players, can they?

  22. “effect would that have” … me type pretty someday

  23. Yes this piece of Shit could hit a ball but he was a total asshole!!! He never really respected the game or the owners paying his crazy salary!! He quit on his team, cheated was caught and did it again just to show how much of a stupid asshole he is!!!! I think he is a first ballot HOS (Hall of Shame) !!

  24. I think Heyman pretty much nailed it as far as Manny is concerned. It’s a highly critical but well argued piece:

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