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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/7/18

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The human side of the Addison Russell decision; historical DRC+; the Mariners dynasty that never was

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: My, what a piece this is. Recounting years of abuse as a trans woman and spinning that into what baseball meant to her, and what it means to her now recounting stories of abuse regarding Addison Russell, it’s impossible not to think about how when these players are lauded, someone is silently suffering watching the image of their own abuser on top of another one on the field. Couldn’t recommend Sheryl’s writing enough.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur: Rob Arthur is back at BP, and he’s looking at DRC+ throughout history; namely, looking back at MVP debates of yore, like Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera and Yadier Molina/Buster Posey comparisons with WARP changing based on DRC+ now.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: The Mariners last rebuild goes back over ten years, even before Jack Z, to Bill Bavasi, when they tried to build the best farm system in baseball. Jack Z famously lief on his resume and tanked the franchise, setting up the Jerry Dipoto events we see today. None of the great prospects like Mike Zunino, Dustin Ackley, or Brad Miller ever panned out, despite their immense promise.