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Terry Francona Decides Not To Comment On Manny Ramirez's Abrupt Retirement

Terry Francona managed Manny Ramirez when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox for four seasons from 2004 through 2008, but the Red Sox skipper didn't have anything to say about his former players' decision to retire amidst new steroid use allegations.

"I thought about it [Friday] night a little bit and I really don't have a comment," the Red Sox manager said before Saturday's game with the Yankees. "He's not our player. I don't know anything about it. I saw a blurb and I guess I really don't have a comment.

Ramirez played 19 seasons in the major leagues, finishing with a lifetime batting average of .312 and 555 career home runs. In eight seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez batted .312 and had 1,232 hits, 274 home runs and 868 RBI.

Ramirez signed a one-year deal worth $2 million in the offseason with the Tampa Bay Rays, but only appeared in five games with the team before announcing his retirement. He had one hit in 17 at-bats with one RBI this season.