MLB star Manny Ramirez has decided to retire immediately instead of facing the 100-game suspension after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training.
If Manny, who played for the Tampa Bay Rays, wants to return to baseball, he still has to face the suspension. This is the third time the 38 year-old player tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Manny was suspended when a urine test showed elevated levels of testosterone in 2009. He had also tested positive in 2003, when the tests were conducted anonymously. And in 2010, he was suspended for 50 games for taking a female fertility drug known to mask steroid abuse.
The Tampa Bay Rays said in a statement: “We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news. We will have no further comment on this matter, and our fans and organization will carry on.”