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Who is the National League's new top shortstop?

By Matt Whitener Earlier this week, the Colorado Rockies finally pulled the trigger on trading away the player who has been the sun in the galaxy of the Major League Baseball rumor mill universe for the past few years, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Despite his long-standing place on the trade rumor block, it was a trade that came sort of out of nowhere. In the shockingly sudden move...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Ian Desmond gets encouraging pep talk from Cal Ripken Jr.

Ian Desmond is in the midst of the most disappointing season of his career. The Nationals shortstop, who's batting average has hovered around the .200 all year, wants nothing more than to turn his abysmal season around, and now has hope that he can, thanks to a very unlikely source -- Cal Ripken Jr. The Hall of Famer was in Washington over the weekend as part of the TBS broadcast...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond’s Weakness Has Turned into a Massive Hole

Despite his below-average walk rate and high strikeout numbers, Ian Desmond’s power and speed have made up for his contact inadequacies during the past three years. He is, at once, an exciting and frustrating player to watch: a hitter prone to incredible dry spells followed by gluttonous power explosions. The Nationals have accepted his droughts […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Ian Desmond edition

Since the beginning of the season, Ian Desmond has been nothing but a liability at the shortstop position. The Washington Nationals have been looking to try and ship Desmond out of Washington for some time but at a price. What key pieces can the Nationals emphasize about Desmond to increase his trade value? This season Ian Desmond is batting a remarkable .215 at the plate with...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Ian Desmond feels like he's moving in right direction at the plate

Coming off a stretch of games in which he showed improvement at the plate, Washington Nationals shortstop is encouraged enough to believe he's on the right path to turning things around with his bat. Desmond has hit safely in his last four games, his longest such streak since compiling a 12-game hitting streak in May that brought his average up to .260. During his most recent four...
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Walk-Off in Extra Innings Against Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond is doused after the team’s baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington. Desmond hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run. The Nationals won 2-1 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) With the score deadlocked at one and the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the thirteenth inning...
Via The Sports Journal
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

On Ian Desmond’s Defense & Walk Year

Ian Desmond turns 30 this coming September. “Hey, let me run out and get him a funny card about how he’s over the hill!” you might say, not realizing that’s actually not funny for baseball players. This is noteworthy because Desmond is in the last year of a contract with the Washington Nationals, and is a player who provides power at a […]
Via Fangraphs
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Could the Washington Nationals trade for a shortstop?

I recently said that the Washington Nationals should not consider making a major trade at this year’s deadline. However, a recent rumor regarding General Manager Mike Rizzo’s potential plans may have changed my mind. The Nationals may need a shortstop. Not a shortstop who would immediately replace Ian Desmond, but someone who could replace him if he decides to leave the organization...
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Grading the first half of the season

Throughout the first third of the 2014 season the Washington Nationals have experienced a variety of highs and lows while managing to stay in the thick of the NL East race. Currently, the Nationals are tied with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins for the division lead. Given the surplus of injuries and inconsistency of their starting pitching Washington has to be pleased with their...
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Ian Desmond crushes grand slam to center, no bat flip

And so, after a rough start to the home stand, the Nats have won four straight and roll on to Atlanta for the weekend. Up above, the video of Ian Desmond destroying a baseball to center for a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th on Thursday, turning a 3-1 game into a 7-1 laugher and a sweep of the Marlins. Hey, at least Mike Redmond didn't intentionally walk Bryce Harper to pitch...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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