Top 10 MLB players benefiting from coronavirus layoff, ranked

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Top 10 MLB players benefiting from hiatus

Aaron Judge (Career: 17.8 fWAR | 18.6 bWAR)

From the moment it was announced that Aaron Judge was going to miss the start of the season, New York Yankees fans started to feel a sense of disappointment. This is supposed to be the next Yankee captain and he just can’t seem to stay healthy.

After struggling to find what was making Judge feel “discomfort” during batting practice early-on in Spring Training, the team finally determined that he had a stress fracture in his right rib. Most recently, Judge revealed to the media that he also had a collapsed lung.

That was the bad news.

The good news is that the slugger will not require surgery. What’s more, the current hiatus is allowing the 6’7”, 282lb monster to take his time to heal.

Now, Judge can focus on returning healthy and playing a full season since his 2017 campaign, the season he won the AL Rookie of the Year and narrowly missed winning the AL MVP to none other than Jose Altuve.

Hopefully, in 2020 we can focus our attention on how many home runs Judge can hit in a shortened season rather than on how many games he will play.