Meet the Washington Nationals
SS} Ian Desmond
Shortly after players started trickling into spring training, Desmond pleaded insecurity. "I don't think I know that I made the team yet," he said. And then he pulled his head out of the sand, took off his blindfold and removed the blinders. The Nationals have earmarked for Desmond the territory halfway between second and third at Nationals Park for the next decade. This year, they just want him to cut down on errors — a league-leading 34 last year — and continue to produce the way he did once Manager Jim Riggleman removed Desmond from the eighth spot in the lineup. In 201 plate appearances batting second, Desmond hit .326/.359/.489. At 25 , in his second full year, Desmond has become a leader on a team that, no matter what he thinks, he'll never have to worry about making again.
Backup: Alex Cora
By Adam Kilgore - The Washington Post. Published March 29, 2011.