I was about to start a new game post anyway — because we’re approaching 1,000 comments — but this news is also worth a new post. Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez is retiring, and it sent this one paragraph press release as the only explanation.
“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.”
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Heading into the bottom of the seventh with the Red Sox still leading 7-6. The Teixeira error looms large right now. Colon, by the way, has been tremendous.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Brought in to handle lefties, Boone Logan allowed a double to David Ortiz and a two-run single to J.D. Drew. It’s now 9-6 Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh.