In the last few hours, it was announced that unvaccinated players will be able to play professional sports in New York.
The workplace vaccine mandate has been eased and professional athletes and performers in local venues who haven’t gotten the vaccine will have an exemption.
This information is of particular interest for New York Yankees and Mets players, as both rosters still have unvaccinated players.
Those players, however, will now be able to play without restrictions when their teams are at home.
Yankees’ star Aaron Judge hasn’t made his vaccination status clear, leading to a lot of speculation as to whether he is vaccinated or not.
Either way, it’s a moot point now: he will be able to play every home game with the Yankees.
A Good Day To Be Aaron Judge
As MLB insider Jon Heyman notes, both the Yankees and the player will be able to rest easy now.
“Good time to be Aaron Judge: athletes exempted as of today from vaccination mandate, and big multiyear Yankees offer on the way (if not today then very soon),” he wrote.
Good time to be Aaron Judge: athletes exempted as of today from vaccination mandate, and big multiyear Yankees offer on the way (if not today then very soon)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 24, 2022
Obviously, for the Yankees to send an extension offer to Judge, they preferred to have the assurance he would be able to play more than just 81 games in 2022.
Now that athletes won’t have any vaccine-related restrictions it’s a bit easier to see a contract extension being finalized before April 7, the day the regular season starts.
Judge, who will turn 30 during the season, will likely receive a multi-year contract worth a fortune.
His play has warranted a huge deal, but will the Yankees pay Judge well into his late thirties?
We will likely know in a few days.