Manny Ramirez, who retired from the Tampa Bay Rays Friday amid drug testing allegations, finished last season with the White Sox, where he hit .261 with no homers and only one RBI in 24 games.
Manager Ozzie Guillen had this reaction to the retirement Friday:
"That's the first thing I told the players in the meetings -- they're not playing around. If you get cut you should be punished because now we know for last five or six years they're after this, and any players that (take banned drugs) they're taking a risk."
Guillen said Ramirez was one of the most feared right-handed hitters in the game during his best days with Cleveland.
"Manny, as a friend, as his former manager, he was great for the game, he's done a lot of great things for baseball. He was one of the best hitters to play the game. He played good for us last year. I wish he could have played better. He was great in the clubhouse. I don't have any complaints or regrets to have him with the ballclub."