On Friday April eighth, Manny Ramirez retired as a Tampa baía Ray. As a raio, ray Ramirez collected one hit, going 1-17 as the Ray's Designated Hitter. Ramirez is reportedly retiring due to an issue he had with the league's drug treatment program. The NY Times reported that he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during Spring Training. In 2009, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs banned por major league baseball.
The Rays selected the contract of Casey Kotchman to fill Ramirez's roster spot.
Ramirez was a nine-time silver slugger with 12 all-star appearances, over 500 homeruns, 21 career grand slams, and 28 career post-season homeruns, the most por any player in MLB history.