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Manny Ramirez retires

The headline:  Rays’ Manny Ramirez to retire

The link:  http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6310125

The summary:  Told by Major League Baseball that an issue arose on a recent drug test, Tampa Bay’s Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.  The New York Times reports that he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug which would have resulted in a 100 game suspension.

The reaction:  Sad yet not surprising.  Manny was one of the greatest sluggers of this era but he’s been dogged by performance-enhancing drug use issues for years.  Absent the drug history, he’d be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame but with the drug cloud it seems doubtful that he’ll ever make the trip to Cooperstown.

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