SI Insider: Injuries And A Pandemic Have Robbed Aaron Judge Of His Prime

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Aaron Judge has played in 396 career major league games. The New York Yankees outfielder has hit 110 homeruns. In the course of Major League Baseball history, only one player ever hit more home runs after 396 games. That was Ryan Howard with 120. But Judge's career has been marked almost by the games he's missed as by the games he's played in. 

This year everybody is looking at a shortened season because of the pandemic. But Judge originally fractured a rib back in September. It was diagnosed in March, and eight months later, he's having a C.T. scan on that injury this month. Judge turned 28 last month. He's older than Bryce Harper, who's played more than 1000 career games. Next year, Judge turns 29 and will have played only one season with more than 500 plate appearances. 

Injuries and the pandemic have robbed Aaron Judge of what traditionally are the prime years of a ballplayers career. 

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