Manny Ramirez retires after drug issue – CBSSports.com

By Evan Brunell

In a move out of left field, Manny Ramirez has retired, and it may have something to do with steroids. MLB issued a statement in the middle of the Red Sox-Yankees game announcing Ramirez’s decision.

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.

Michael Schmidt of the New York Times adds more information, saying Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training and the test recently returned positive to baseball’s offices. That jives with MLB’s statement, and Ramirez would be facing a 100-game suspension if he chose to return to the game. Ramirez previously served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for HCG, a women’s fertility drug that can be used to restart a body’s testosterone production after a steroid cycle. He is also thought to be on the sealed list of players who tested positive in 2003; the same list Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are believed to be on.

The Rays were surprised of the news, as Ramirez did not even give them a heads up.

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  1. Great feed back so far. Please excuse me if I derail the thread for a second so I can understand the basics here. Im not understanding the law here. How are steroids illegal in professional sports yet 95% of pro athletes use steroids. Basically what the laws are telling us is that athletes can use steroids…just don’t get caught. Why crucify people like Barry Bonds and Lance armstrong when it is clearly not just them. It is commmon knowledge amoungst pro athletes that 90%+ of them use steroids. Heck…I played college football and at least 80% if not more the the players were using steroids. Here are some possible solutions: allow steroids all together and make them legal or do strict/thorough testing before every sports match/game. I will be honest I have used Steroids including Deca-Durabolin , Sustanon , Anavar and Winstrol. It gave me a slight edge but it did not make me a better athlete! I think steroids are overrated , people do not understand steroids do not work miracles. These athletes are getting paid millions of dollars to entertain us. I say make them all use steroids!

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