Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games in 2009 after violating the MLB’s drug policy by testing positive for a female fertility drug commonly used by steroid users, was recently notified that he had once again failed a drug test. The MLB’s statement read:
“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.”
Ranking 14th on the all-time among career leaders in homeruns, Ramirez will hang up his spikes after twelve All-Star appearances, a batting title (2002), a World Series MVP award (2004) and numerous other accolades. Possibly the highlight of Ramirez’s long and storied career was the World Series ring he took home in ’04, leading the Red Sox to the franchises’ first championship win since 1918.