Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/30/12

Oakland Athletics outfielder Manny Ramirez will not have to face charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and battery.

Prosecutors in Florida's Broward County said they are dropping the charges against the slugger because of his wife's refusal to cooperate in the investigation.

The 39-year-old Ramirez had been arrested and charged with striking Juliana Ramirez in a domestic dispute on Sept. 12. He had pleaded not guilty.

Ramirez came out of his brief retirement and signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in February.

The former World Series MVP still must serve a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez has a lifetime batting average of .312 with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs, primarily with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.

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