Manny Ramirez Announces Retirement

Rays slugger Ramirez tells MLB he's retiring

By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
      NEW YORK (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays slugger Manny Ramirez has
notified Major League Baseball that he is retiring after being
notified of an issue under MLB's drug policy.
      The commissioner's office issued a statement Friday that said
Ramirez decided to retire rather than go through MLB's Joint Drug
Prevention and Treatment Program.
      The statement did not say whether Ramirez tested positive for a
banned substance. He has previously served a 50-game suspension for
violating the drug policy while he was with the Los Angeles
Dodgers.
      MLB declined to comment further.