Ian Desmond
American baseball player
Ian Desmond
Ian M. Desmond is a shortstop for the Washington Nationals. He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and signed on June 16. Desmond was named the 19th best prospect and the best defensive shortstop in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America at the end of 2005.
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Angels lose to Rangers on Ian Desmond walk-off single
LATimes - 5 months
Ian Desmond had an RBI single with no outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers moved closer to the AL West title with a 3-2 win over the last-place Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.  Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a sharp single to left off Jose Alvarez (1-3) before Carlos Gomez turned...
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Baseball-Highlights of Thursday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 8 months
Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games: Rangers 5, Athletics 1 Colby Lewis lost on no-hitter in the ninth inning on a leadoff double by Max Muncy but rebounded to pitch a complete game, delivering the Texas Rangers a 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Ian Desmond broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the seventh, propelling the Rangers to a third win in four days against the A's and their franchise-record-tying eighth straight series win. Lewis took a perfect game two outs into the eighth before issuing a four-pitch walk to Yonder Alonso.
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Rangers activate rightfielder Choo after calf injury heals
Yahoo News - 9 months
South Korean rightfielder Choo Shin-Soo returned to the Texas Rangers after nearly six weeks on the Major League Baseball injured list, but the comeback didn't last long. Leadoff batter Choo was walked in the first inning of the Rangers game at Houston but was left stranded on second base. In the third inning, Choo walked and took second on an Ian Desmond single before scoring on a two-run double by Prince Fielder.
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Rangers Strike First in Lone Star Series, 7-5 Over Astros
NYTimes - 10 months
Ian Desmond has already shown he can make the adjustment to being an everyday outfielder. Now he wants to start hitting for the Texas Rangers.
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Desmond Doubles in Rangers' Debut, Plays Left
NYTimes - 12 months
Ian Desmond did not have any chances in his first game in left field and hit a seventh-inning double for the Texas Rangers in a 3-3 tie against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
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Ian Desmond Deal Done, and He's Headed to Rangers Outfield
NYTimes - 12 months
Ian Desmond started his transition from one-time All-Star shortstop to everyday left fielder with the Texas Rangers on Monday, a new chapter in his career that he is eagerly embracing.
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AP Source: Desmond Has Deal, Expected in Rangers Camp Monday
NYTimes - 12 months
Free agent Ian Desmond has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers that will include a move to the outfield for the one-time All-Star shortstop who was expected to be in their camp Monday.
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's Major League games
Yahoo News - over 2 years
(Adds later games) May 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Nationals 9, Rangers 2 Ian Desmond hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season, a three-run blast that allowed the Washington Nationals to overcome a two-run deficit and cruise to a 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Nationals, who trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, got singles from outfielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Adam LaRoche off Texas starter Colby Lewis (4-4) to set the stage for Desmond, the Nationals' shortstop.
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This week's standout baseball quotes
LATimes - over 3 years
Seattle's Eric Wedge, Washington's Ian Desmond and Detroit's Jim Leyland chime in. "If they'd offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn't have come back here."     
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National League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Wilson Ramos went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Ryan Zimmerman also hit a solo homer for the Nationals, who have won four of five. Ian Desmond went 3- for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (7-9) allowed four runs on four hits while striking out seven over six innings. Adeiny Hechavarria and Greg Dobbs had an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six. Jacob Turner (3-6) got the start for Miami and gave up five runs on nine hits over four-plus innings.
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Ian Desmond Signs Baby Before Game At Nationals Park (PHOTO)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fans will ask athletes to sign just about anything sometimes. Someone at Nationals Park tweeted a photo of Washington shortstop Ian Desmond on Wednesday as he signed his autograph on a baby just before a game against the Marlins. More...
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Fox News - over 3 years
Ian Desmond had three hits, an RBI, and a stolen base for the Washington Nationals, who defeated the Miami Marlins, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set. Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche both contributed a pair of hits for the Nationals, while Jayson Werth drove in the other run. Ross Ohlendorf (3-0) lasted five-plus innings while surrendering only a Christian Yelich home run among his three hits with three strikeouts for the Nationals, who have won seven of their last ten games. Yelich went 2-for-4 for the Marlins who have won once in their last seven games. Miami's offense only mustered four hits against the Nationals Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-5) tossed six innings allowing two runs on eight hits. The right-hander also fanned six batters in his fifth straight loss. Eovaldi has not earned a win since July 12.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Desmond
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    Desmond was selected as an American League All-Star to represent the Rangers at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego along with teammate Cole Hamels.
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    Desmond was one of a number of MLB players who hailed the exhibition game in March 2016 between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team in Havana, a symbol of the Cuban Thaw, calling it "a historic day for baseball".
    More Details Hide Details After a slow start to the regular season, Desmond began to get hot and, as a reward, manager Jeff Banister moved him from the 5th spot in the lineup to the second spot.
    He made his first appearances in left and center field during Cactus League action in March 2016.
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    After rejecting a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nationals, Desmond remained a free agent until February 29, 2016, when he signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Desmond is expected to play primarily in the outfield rather than as a shortstop for the Rangers.
    While primarily a shortstop throughout his career, Desmond began playing left field and center field for the Rangers in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Desmond batted .227 with one home run and 27 RBIs for the Gulf Coast League Expos in. He was second in the Gulf Coast League with 216 at-bats and fifth in stolen bases with 13. He had a .250 batting average with one home run and one RBI in four games for Class-A Short-Season Vermont Expos. In Desmond batted .247 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 73 games for Class-A Savannah Sand Gnats. He added a career-high 20 stolen bases. Desmond had a .256 batting average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 55 games for the Class-A Advanced Potomac Nationals. At season's end he was named the best defensive shortstop in the South Atlantic League in Baseball America's top tools survey of league managers. He ranked 19th best prospect in the SAL by Baseball America. Desmond batted .244 with a career-high nine home runs and 45 RBIs for Class-A Advanced Potomac. He scored 50 runs and had 20 doubles in 92 games. He had a .182 batting average with no home runs and three RBIs for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    Desmond struggled both offensively and defensively throughout the 2015 season.
    More Details Hide Details In 156 games, he hit .233 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI, and committed 27 errors in the field. At the end of the season, he became a free agent.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    He batted .280 with 20 home runs, 80 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases in 158 games played. 2014 saw Desmond win his third straight Silver Slugger at shortstop, batting .255 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    In 2013, Desmond repeated both his 20 home run – 20 steal season and his Silver Slugger Award.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    Desmond was awarded a Silver Slugger for his offensive prowess in the 2012 season.
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    At the encouragement of manager Davey Johnson, Desmond has become a very aggressive hitter. He was second in the National League, and seventh in the majors, in percent of pitches swung at in the 2012 season (55%).
    More Details Hide Details On September 24, Desmond became the first Nationals player since 2006 to join the 20 home run – 20 steal club when he stole his 20th base. He had already hit 24 home runs.
    Desmond was selected for the 2012 All Star Game, his first such selection.
    More Details Hide Details However, on Saturday, July 7, it was announced that Desmond was withdrawing from the game due to a sore oblique and would be replaced by Michael Bourn. The oblique injury persisted, forcing the Nationals to place Desmond on the 15-day disabled list on July 23. With his 18th home run of the season on August 20, Desmond set a franchise record for homers by a shortstop.
    Desmond switched his uniform number to 20 at the beginning of the 2012 season to honor Frank Robinson.
    More Details Hide Details On Opening Day, Desmond started at shortstop and hit leadoff for the Nationals, who played at the Cubs. Desmond went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run. After scoring the game-tying run in the top of the 8th, Desmond hit a go-ahead single to right field, plating pinch-runner Brett Carroll, which gave the Nationals the lead. They would hold on to win 2–1.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    On March 28, 2010, after a solid spring training in which he led the team in RBIs, Desmond was awarded the Nationals' starting shortstop job, beating out incumbent Cristian Guzmán.
    More Details Hide Details His first full year was a bit erratic. He booted the first ball that came to him, and in the next game hit the first home run of the season for the Nationals. Desmond ended up having a very good rookie season, batting .269 with 10 home runs and 65 runs batted in, while stealing 17 bases.
    In January 2010, Ian married his wife Chelsey, whom he met in the fifth grade.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has three children together. When his first child was born, Desmond became one of the first players to claim paternity leave, which had just been introduced to MLB. The family lives in Sarasota, Florida. While with the Nationals, Desmond served on the board of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, which opened in 2014.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 18
    He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft (84th overall) and played in MLB for the Washington Nationals from 2009 to 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Desmond is a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an MLB All-Star.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on September 20, 1985.
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