The rumors are now facts. The Stack is here to talk about Alex Rodriguez's suspension, his appeal and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, August 6:
Baseball suspends 12 players...and Alex Rodriguez
Monday, baseball handed down suspensions to thirteen players from the Biogenesis case. Twelve of them received 50 game suspensions:
- Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers outfielder
- Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres shortstop
- Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers shortstop
- Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia Phillies reliever
- Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher (on DL)
- Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets outfielder (minors)
- Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners catcher (minors)
- Cesar Puello, Mets outfielder (minors)
- Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros pitcher (minors)
- Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfielder (minors)
- Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher
- Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher
All will begin serving their suspensions immediately. Melky Cabrera (Toronto), Bartolo Colon (Oakland) and Yasmani Grandal (San Diego) have already served 50 game suspensions for PED use and will not be punished further.
The name everyone wanted to see though and what he would get was Alex Rodriguez. And the rumors and reports from the weekend came true. Rodriguez is suspended the rest of this year and all next year through the 2014 season. And of course, Rodriguez is appealing the punishment and did so right away. Media gathered like crazy at U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox) to hear from Rodriguez. And of course he played victim, but didn't get into too many specifics saying "now is not the time..." and all of that nonsense. By appealing, Rodriguez played Monday night. It just happened to be his first game of the year. Of course it was. Funny how this all worked out. He got a hit in his first at-bat as well, a bloop single to shallow left field. He finished the game 1-for-4 and received a smattering of boos as he stepped up to the plate to start the top of the second inning. He's going to get that wherever he goes this year, maybe even at Yankee Stadium as well. Surely baseball will try and expedite the appeals process to get this circus out of town sooner than later. Until they do though, most will keep an eye on Rodriguez and what he does. Hopefully soon, this Biogenesis case goes away.
Packers lose Bulaga for the year, sign Vince Young
Injuries are a part of life in training camp. Some injuries hurt more than others though. The Packers have a lost a big contributor and a key on their offensive line. Left tackle Bryan Bulaga is gone for the year after suffering a torn ACL during a scrimmage over the weekend. The Packers offensive line has had issues in previous years. Losing Bulaga is not going to help the stability or strength of the offenisve line. Big loss for the Packers.
So, with the team losing Bulaga for the year, the Packers decided to make a move Monday. They did by signing quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal. Young worked out for the team yesterday and the Packers liked what they saw. Did they sign Young because they fear Aaron Rodgers could get hurt behind the offenisve line? Probably not, but signing Young is good insurance in case something does happen to Rodgers. Perhaps the Packers aren't done and will be scanning the market for a left tackle.
Coyotes staying in Phoenix
Since 2009, the future of the Phoenix Coyotes has been very much in doubt. With the NHL owning them, it seemed like only a matter of time before they would move. Lately, the thought was Seattle. Now though, the Coyotes are staying after IceArizona complete an agreement that will mean they purchase the team and keep them in Arizona. A $225 million lease agreement with the arena and city of Glendale is triggered as a result of this. Is this the best thing for the NHL? Tough to say. If you've seen Coyotes games, the arena isn't filled...until playoff time. Would Seattle be a better spot for them? Would Kansas City be a better spot? Yes, probably to both. But the NHL committed to the desert area and now they are there for the forseeable future. Hopefully the stability that IceArena can bring to the Coyotes organization will help bring excitement to fans and the state which will result in increased attendance and ratings.
The Stack will be at Vikings training camp Wednesday so no blog tomorrow Perhaps I'll touch on Johnny Manziel then, but basically, the NCAA is looking into see if he profited from signing hundreds of autographs. I'm guessing he didn't, but the NCAA has to do their due diligence. Coming up Thursday: Thoughts from Vikings training camp, PGA Championship preview and more.