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Manny Ramirez Retires After Failed Drug Test

Manny Ramirez was once considered one of the greatest Cleveland Indians of all-time.  Now, all that Manny Ramirez should be known for is being a cheater.  For the second time, Ramirez has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.  As part of MLB's Drug Prevention and Trreatment Program, Ramirez would have been suspended for 100 games.  He chose, instead, the easy way out, according to Major League Baseball:

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"Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the statement said. "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."

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It is typical Manny to quit at times of adversity.  He once quit his way into getting traded by the Boston Red Sox, and we all remember him getting picked off of first during the 1995 World Series.  Ramirez is third behind Jim Thome (334) and Albert Belle (242) in home runs for the Indians, with 236 in eight years with the Tribe. He hit 274 in eight years with the Red Sox, 44 in three years with Dodgers, one in a year with the White Sox and none with the Rays. He has 555 career home runs in 19 years in the Majors, with a career average of .312.

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How will you choose to remember Manny Ramirez?

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