Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manny Ramirez has retired from Major League Baseball, instead of accepting a 100-game suspension for a third violation of a performance-enhancing drug. Espn.com has the story, below.

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Designated hitter Manny Ramirez #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field on April 1, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Manny Ramirez walked away from baseball on Friday, abruptly ending the mercurial career of one of the most talented -- and tainted -- hitters to ever play the game.

The slumping Tampa Bay Rays slugger tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training, sources told ESPN.com, and informed Major League Baseball that he would retire rather than face a 100-game suspension.