TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- Manny Ramirez
is calling it quits after being informed of an issue under Major League Baseball
's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Tampa Bay Rays
"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," the Rays said in statement.
Ramirez finishes his career as a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 career home runs and 1,329 RBIs.
Ramirez was a 12-time All-Star selection and the 2004 World Series MVP.