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Slugger Ramirez retires after second MLB suspension

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Slugger Manny Ramirez has reportedly decided to retire. According to the report, he was contacted by MLB about failing a drug test and violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.

Instead of serving the suspension, Ramirez has decided to retire from baseball. Several years ago, he was suspended for the first time for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Tampa Bay Rays slugger Manny Ramirez batting

Manny Ramirez batting against the Baltimore Orioles (Getty Images)

“I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”

With his first suspension, he was suspended for 50 games without day, while he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays before the season.

“We were obviously surprised when we found out about it today and hurt by what transpired,” said Rays vice president Andrew Friedman, who signed Ramirez to a $2 million, one-year contract in the off-season. “We were cautiously optimistic that he would be able to be a force for us.”

Ramirez is one of six players in the Top 14 of the all-time home run list, who has been linked to steroids.

He retired after playing in just five games as a 39-year-old with the Rays. He had a .059 batting average with one RBI and one hit in 17 at-bats.

Besides playing for the Rays, he also spent eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox and another eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians. He was acquired in a 2008 trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers and only spent one full season with the team, before moving to the Chicago White Sox during the 2010 season.

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