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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/18/19

Angel Hernandez’s discrimination lawsuit; the decline of José Ramírez; the fit that is Edwin Encarnación

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: Hey, we know her! Angel Hernandez is embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit with the league, and right now the litigation is held up in a discovery dispute. Hernandez’s attorneys are claiming labor-related privilege over a subpoena MLB wants from the union, and the union is arguing that communications are confidential. They lost, and they must produce the documents, and it should be a warning to the players that the same applies to them.

Baseball Prospectus | Aaron Gleeman ($): Jose Ramirez is hitting .203/.298/.301, so... where can he go from here? There are players who have had drop-off’s like this and have been good players, like Adrian Beltre and Ben Zobrist. Others had out-of-nowhere performances that crashed back down to Earth, while Ramirez certainly isn’t that. Could he have declined? Sure, but a total collapse would still be surprising, even at this stage.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Even though the Yankees need pitching more, Edwin Encarnación is still a fit for the team in their current form: large and home-run-hitting. Run creation is also just as equally important as run prevention, and with both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge returning, the run production should have a multiplicative, and not linear, effect.