AL East MLB Team News — 08 April 2011

According to a statement released by Major League Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.

The website of the New York Times is reporting that Ramirez, 38, had been notified by the league that he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training.

Ramirez was suspended by the league last season for 50 games for testing positive for violating the drug policy. As a second-time offender, Ramirez faced a 100-game suspension this season.

Rather than serve said suspension, the slugger will just retire.

He had gotten off to a miserable start at the plate in his first season with the Rays, having collected just one hit in his first 17 at-bats with one RBI.

Ramirez is a career .312 hitter with 555 home runs and 1,831 runs batted in. Over the course of his 17+ Major League seasons, he played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and the Rays.

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