Nationals Journal: Ian Desmond

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Ian Desmond confronts another defensive challenge

Ian Desmond has bounced back from vicious defensive slumps before, and he must try to again.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Benches clear in Nationals-Marlins game after Ian Desmond, Jarrod Saltalamacchia jaw at each other

The benches and bullpens clear after Desmond objects to a high and inside pitch in the fourth inning of a 6-0 game.

By James Wagner  |  08:49 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/05/2014

Justin Upton could have picked up that ball. Does that matter?

Did Justin Upton have enough room to pick up Ian Desmond’s eventual ground-rule double? Definitely, yes. Does that matter? Well, that’s trickier.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:50 PM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Ian Desmond’s inside-the-park home run overturned, ruled ground rule double

The Braves challenged Desmond’s home run and won because umpires ruled the ball was lodged in the outfield padding.

By James Wagner  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Doug Fister’s unclear timetable, and notes on Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond

If the right-handed starter feels fine on Saturday and Sunday, he could return to game action as soon as Sunday.

By James Wagner  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Updates on Ian Desmond, Michael Gonzalez, Sammy Solis and others

Both Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper are dealing with a cold.

By James Wagner  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Ian Desmond scratched in Kissimmee [UPDATED]

Ian Desmond was removed from the Nationals’ lineup this afternoon against the Astros.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:19 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Ian Desmond signs two-year deal, not a long-term extension

The Nationals wanted to extend Ian Desmond long-term, but instead signed him for two years.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Ian Desmond wins second consecutive Silver Slugger award

Ian Desmond further cemented his status as one of the best shortstops in baseball.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:12 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Ian Desmond, Denard Span lose bids for Gold Glove awards

Both Nationals players finish as finalists, losing the awards to Andrelton Simmons and Carlos Gomez, respectively.

By James Wagner  |  09:54 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Ian Desmond, Denard Span named Gold Glove award finalists

Winners for the award will be announced on Tuesday.

By James Wagner  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Ian Desmond records back-to-back 20-20 seasons

The shortstop becomes the first Nationals player ever to record multiple 20 homer-20 stolen base seasons.

By James Wagner  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 PM ET, 09/21/2013

Who is the Nationals’ MVP?

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson believes that Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond were the team’s best players this season.

By James Wagner  |  08:08 PM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Wilson Ramos could play both games, Ian Desmond may play one with tight hamstring

The catcher will start his 24th straight game behind the plate and Davey Johnson will check on him and Desmond after the first game.

By James Wagner  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Why conventional wisdom about Ian Desmond is wrong

Perhaps the No. 1 cliche about Nats hitters may be that Ian Desmond is a “first-pitch fastball hitter.” But it’s not true.

By Thomas Boswell  |  12:18 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

Ian Desmond will bat cleanup for the fourth time in his career.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:32 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Ian Desmond tries to tag two Marlins at one base

Ian Desmond evaluates the strangest play of the Nationals' 4-3 win over Marlins.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Ian Desmond's blister leads to rare day off

After playing 99 of the Nationals first 100 games, Ian Desmond gets the day to heal a nasty blister as Anthony Rendon moves to short.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:21 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Troy Tulowitzki on Ian Desmond: 'I think Washington needs to sign him' to extension

You don't often see a player stump for an opponent to receive a contract extension, but the NL all-star shortstop has a point.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:06 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Ian Desmond loses in Final Vote

Ian Desmond lost out to Freddie Freeman and finished fourth in the Final Vote.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:36 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 07/06/2013

Ian Desmond snubbed, makes Final Vote

Ian Desmond surprisingly failed to make the all-star team, but fans can still vote him in.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:59 PM ET, 07/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Ian Desmond's all-star case building steam with injuries

Ian Desmond's strong play and injuries around the league could make him an all-star for the second straight year.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:41 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Nationals at Pirates discussion thread: Game 30

Ian Desmond will bat second for the 100th time as Ross Detwiler faces A.J. Burnett.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:53 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Ian Desmond not concerned about early errors

Ian Desmond does not see reason to worry after committing seven errors in the Nationals' first 18 games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:21 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Danny Espinosa's new attitude, Ian Desmond's hot streak lift the Nationals

The bottom half of the Nationals lineup carried them to a second straight victory, namely Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 04/01/2013

How Elvis Andrus's deal could affect Ian Desmond

Any talks between Desmond and the Nationals could now be colored with Andrus's new massive deal.

By James Wagner  |  12:25 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Could Ian Desmond become the next player to sign a contract extension?

If the Nationals follow the trend of locking up a young player to a contract extension, the best bet would be Ian Desmond.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:13 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Ian Desmond on his more aggressive hitting approach this season

How the Nationals' all-star shortstop wants to be more selectively aggressive in 2013 after a career season.

By James Wagner  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Ian Desmond, Nationals in no rush to discuss contract extension

Both sides aren't pushing for contract extension talks now, as the all-star shortstop is under team control for another three seasons.

By James Wagner  |  04:52 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Ian Desmond on a long-term deal, improvements for 2013

The Nationals' shortstop wants to remain in Washington for the long-term but is in no hurry now to pursue a long-term deal. Also, he reflects on areas of improvement for next season.

By James Wagner  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Nationals avoid arbitration with Ian Desmond

The Nationals and the all-star shortstop avoided arbitration with a deal that will pay him $3.8 million next season.

By James Wagner  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Adam LaRoche wins first Gold Glove, Ian Desmond denied

Adam LaRoche won the first Gold Glove of his career tonight while Ian Desmond was beaten out by Jimmy Rollins.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:22 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 PM ET, 10/07/2012

Ian Desmond plays big after long road to the playoffs, stardom

The Nationals played their first playoff game Sunday afternoon, and Ian Desmond played bigger than any of them.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:54 PM ET, 10/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Ian Desmond notches a milestone in career year

The 27-year-old shortstop became the second National player to notch a 20 home run and 20 stolen base season.

By James Wagner  |  08:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Danny Espinosa key to the Nationals’ offensive outburst

Danny Espinosa has put his first half behind him and become one of the top two-way second basemen in the league.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)