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Manny retires: The 'Jennings Watch' begins

Updated: April 8, 2011, 6:42 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Fantasy owners can pretend the news of Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Manny Ramirez announcing his retirement Friday isn't a big deal, but Ramirez was a 17th-round selection in ESPN standard live drafts, and until a few days ago, he was owned in 100 percent of standard leagues.

Even as of the announcement, Ramirez remains owned in more than 90 percent of leagues, despite a .059 batting average through one messy week. His impending 100-game suspension from Major League Baseball reportedly played a part in his decision, likely more so than his slow start, but I don't see a Brett Favre waffle-job in the works here. Goodbye, Manny, thanks for being one of the top-10 offensive players in fantasy baseball the past 15 or so seasons.

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