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Manny Ramirez retires suddenly

by Aimee Keenan-Greene

It has baseball fans buzzing.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manny Ramirez abruptly retired today according to MLB.com.

A statement from the Commissioner of baseball says: "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." 

The topic went volcanic on Google trends.

The New York Times told its readers Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during Spring Training and faced a 100 game suspension.

This is far from the first time Ramirez's behavior has caused commentators to utter the infamous catch-phrase 'it's just Manny being Manny'. 

Major League Baseball reports in 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating the league's drug policy. 

MLB says if Ramirez wants to return he will face disciplinary action.

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