5 Players Who Would Benefit the Most From Shortened MLB Season

Tim Kelly
May 06, 2020 - 12:02 pm

If there's a 2020 MLB season, it's going to be shortened in some way because of the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the season by over a month (so far). To players due to become free agents this offseason and/or at their individual peaks, a shortened season hurts their earning potential and ability to accumulate career statistics.

However, there is a flip side to this. Assuming there is a season, key veteran players - especially ones that have played deep into the playoffs in recent seasons - stand to benefit from the season being a sprint, rather than a marathon. It's been over six months since the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. With that type of respite, it's much harder to imagine the two veteran-heavy teams having the World Series hangover that could have plagued them in a 162-game season that started in late March.

With that in mind, here are the five MLB players that stand to benefit the most from a shortened season:

Stephen Strasburg is the reigning World Series MVP. Photo credit (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge has battled injuries during an otherwise spectacular career. Photo credit (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw is a future Hall of Famer. Photo credit (Harry How/Getty Images)
Justin Verlander is the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Photo credit (Elsa/Getty Images)
Max Scherzer is one of this era's best pitchers. Photo credit (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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