Aaron Judge makes a call: No lawsuit for Dodgers’ toe tragedy

New York Yankees Aaron Judge walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Cleveland Guardians during the third inning of Game 1 of an American League Division baseball series, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, in New York.

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New York Yankees star Aaron Judge has made it clear that he will not be pursuing legal action against the Los Angeles Dodgers following an unfortunate incident on June 3. While making an incredible catch at Dodger Stadium, Judge tore a ligament in his right big toe after crashing through the chain-link bullpen fence and colliding with an exposed concrete step. Despite the potential for a lawsuit, Judge dismissed the idea, stating that it was unnecessary.

This situation brings to mind a previous case involving former Yankee player Dustin Fowler, who sued the Chicago White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority after colliding with a concealed electrical box in 2017. Fowler suffered a severe injury, rupturing his right patellar tendon and requiring season-ending surgery. The legal process for Fowler’s case lasted approximately 15 months due to pandemic-related delays and various legal procedures.

Aaron Judge chooses not to pursue legal action against LA Dodgers

Aaron Judge celebrates after his walk-off homer.
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Aaron Judge’s decision not to pursue legal action against the Dodgers is in line with expectations, considering his recent nine-year, $360 million contract with the Yankees. As one of the highest-paid players in the game, Judge recognizes that engaging in a lengthy legal battle would not be beneficial. While he expects lingering effects from his toe injury and acknowledges that he will have to manage pain tolerance upon his return, he is focused on the road to recovery rather than seeking legal recourse.

Aaron Judge injured his toe in June at Dodger Stadium.
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Although Judge concedes that he may never fully return to his pre-injury condition, he remains positive about his progress. He mentioned experiencing discomfort from a previous pinky dislocation in 2021 but assured that he is currently moving around quite well. Judge understands that injuries take time to heal and expects to manage the consequences for an extended period.While some argue that the Dodgers should have taken additional precautions to prevent such accidents, Judge seems satisfied with the team’s efforts to reinforce the bullpen fence and pad the concrete slab at Dodger Stadium.

Aaron Judge holding a bat.
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Dodgers’ team president, Stan Kasten, confirmed that these modifications have already been implemented, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to player safety. Although Aaron Judge’s decision not to sue is final for now, his lawyer, Michael Sorich, believes there could be a case if Aaron Judge were to change his mind. Sorich contends that the Dodgers could have done more to protect players in that area, leaving open the possibility of a future lawsuit.

However, at present, Aaron Judge is focused on closing this chapter and making a triumphant return to the baseball field. Let’s hope he can stay injury-free and continue delivering outstanding performances for the Yankees.

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