Manny Ramirez just retired a week into the season? Huh? Wtf?
Then again he did look very unmotivated last year and he was becoming a textbook "old player" in that his game was all OBP- singles and walks. He could still go out and post a .400 obp but that's the only thing he could do.
"Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program. 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."
To my knowledge, there's nothing else it could be but PEDs/drugs.
Oh, I don't have any doubt that it was drug related. I'm just not a person who believes rumors from the start. There will be more said I'm sure. Manny's spokespeople haven't said a word yet. it'll be interesting to see what plays out.
I've gotta say, the Manny thing is surprising, especially if - as it sounds - he got busted again. I had wondered what was up when he was out of the lineup for 2 days for "personal reasons," but I wasn't expecting this.