Manny Ramirez, the famed slugger who helped bring the Boston Red Sox two World Series championships, is retiring.
Ramirez was recently notified by Major League Baseball that there was a new issue relating to its drug policy. Major League Baseball has not stated whether Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance.
Instead of adhering to the policy, Ramirez is retiring.
He was suspended 50 games in 2009 for violating MLB's drug policy when he was with the Dodgers. When Ramirez returned to the team, he struggled to hit with the same power that he had in previous seasons.
The slugger has 555 career home runs. Ramirez also has a career batting average of .312.
He played for the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and now the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ramirez started the season on a 1-for-17 slump.