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Manny Ramirez retired Saturday after finding out that he would be suspended 100 games for failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. So what is his legacy: a great hitter or a cheater? Two seasons ago he was suspended 50 games for failing a drug test, and that rightfully made fans upset. Ramirez’s quirky personality, or Manny just being Manny, got him a pass because of his hitting prowess. Later on in his career that same personality alienated many of his fellow Boston Red Sox teammates. Shoving the traveling secretary, faking a knee injury, and not hustling all precipitated his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers reach the playoffs and his popularity was soaring. However, his first drug suspension would sour the relationship with his Dodgers teammates and ultimately the fans. His career went downhill with Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and the Tampa Bay Rays. His Hall of Fame chances have taken a serious hit, and voters will remember these less than flattering aspects of his career more than his over 500 home runs.

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