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Aaron Judge Is Hurt — Again

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Yankees’ star right fielder Aaron Judge is hurt again, and the team doesn’t want to start a panic about it, according to manager Aaron Boone. So they’ve said that the 28-year-old slugger is suffering from a “sore side.” But knowing Aaron Judge…when’s the burial?

This is not ideal, just six games into the 2021 season.

Yankees Twitter is in full panic mode and rightfully so. You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to understand where they’re coming from. And here’s some context to prove it:

Check out the “G” (games played) column. Those numbers should at the very least start to creep towards 162. Unfortunately, they aren’t close. The last time Aaron Judge put a full season together was his breakout 2017 campaign, when he slugged 52 homers and piled up 114 RBI. He instantly became a fan favorite, but all that momentum was suddenly derailed when he couldn’t stay on the field.

And it’s not even like the Bombers can DH the guy. Giancarlo Stanton and his own injury woes made sure that position was filled out until his contract expires after the 2028 season.

So what should the Yankees do?

Aaron Judge has proven that he can’t stay healthy for more than half a season. So you know what the Yankees should do? Offer him half the money. If he can play, let’s say 80% of a season, then his contract launches into the stratosphere. That’s fair, right?

Because as of right now, Aaron Judge can go 5-5 with four homers and then end up on the IL the following morning. It’s mind-boggling and frustrating to watch for fans of baseball.

Luckily for the Yankees, outside of the Toronto Blue Jays, the AL East is expected to be pretty average. The Yanks likely won’t need Aaron Judge to win the division, but they will need his presence come October.

If they can’t rely on big Aaron Judge, they may be forced to move on. Man, I sure hope not.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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    • I think both of them are just soft or babied too much. Truly Great players play through being hurt. They tape it up and go until they physically can’t move. They never let a manager take them out. To be a major leaguer you have to play when you’re sore, you play with muscle strains, and you play when you don’t feel good. It’s respecting the game. That’s what separates mlb from other sports. The mlb season is called a grind. Can’t depend on these guys.

      • That is certainly part of the problem John. I also think modern athletes are over trained and so strong their bodies can’t take the constant straining and exertion. The theory of diminishing returns. All sports seem to have more and more injuries related to over exertion.

  1. Judge and Stanton are massive dudes, but they may want to quit pumping iron so much. The person who these 2 remind me of was Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez was a stud for the Rangers and won the MVP in 1996 and 1998. He started lifting weights right around the time of his 2nd MVP and was never the same player. He started getting more pulled muscles and tweaks here and there.

  2. i guess noone has watched moneyball.. its astounding how these dumbasses cant even take a little bit of what moneyball teams do…maybe they are here and there, but it doesnt show

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