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Washington Post Jul 28, 2015

Nats Journal: What Ian Desmond has meant to Bryce Harper

When Bryce Harper was selected to his third all-star game earlier this month, one of the people he thanked without prompting was Ian Desmond. “He’s one of the guys who keeps me even keel every single day and really helps me out on a daily basis,” Harper said then.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 26, 2015

Does weeklong tear mean Desmond is back?

Ian Desmond has been on a tear at the plate over the last week. Is this finally the breakthrough that turns his season around?
Washington Post Jul 24, 2015

Nats Journal: Ian Desmond’s mini-surge continues

Off all the things that are happening with the Nationals now — injured players progressing in their rehabs, a three-game division lead, the bullpen’s ups and downs — Ian Desmond’s mini-surge is perhaps the most encouraging, especially inside the clubhouse. Desmond is the Nationals’ heart and soul, a strong clubhouse presence, a player everyone in the organization hopes will succeed, especially during his free agent season.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 21, 2015

Williams on Ripken helping Desmond; Taylor on his catch

Matt Williams weighed in on Cal Ripken, Jr. helping out Ian Desmond. Plus, Michael Taylor talked about his amazing catch from Monday night.

Williams on Ripken/Desmond; Taylor on his catch

Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…
Washington Post Jul 20, 2015

Nats Journal: Cal Ripken Jr. offered encouragment to Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is struggling right now. He sees his batting average on the scoreboard before each at-bat, plummeting toward .200, weighing on him as he tries to battle back. Again and again, he repeats the same sentiment: He has been in slumps before and climbed out of them, and knows he can do it again. But this slump has been, frankly, a season-long one. Doubts are sticky, and tougher to dislodge the longer they are given to establish their grip. Reassurance never hurts.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 20, 2015

How Cal Ripken, Jr. helped Ian Desmond break out of his slump

Ian Desmond had two hits on Monday night, including a homer, and afterwards credited Cal Ripken, Jr. with helping him break out of his slump.

Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…
CSN Washington Jul 15, 2015

Rizzo confident Desmond can turn season around

Ian Desmond will hope to be a lot better in the second half of the season, and Mike Rizzo is confident he will be.
Washington Post Jul 15, 2015

Nats Journal: Mike Rizzo on Ian Desmond’s rough first half

In many ways, the Nationals’ wild first half was a blur. Three and a half months of injuries and slumps seemed to fly by. That, however, “depends on who you ask,” Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond said with a wry smile after Sunday’s game.Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 9, 2015

Nationals believe Ian Desmond’s slump will be over when it’s over

How hard is it to be a major-league hitter? And how deeply disturbing is it to be Ian Desmond, baseball’s eyesore, who’s hit .139 over the past 40 days? Put aside other questions for a minute: Which Nationals infielders should play, and how much, when Anthony Rendon is healthy? Should Desmond be traded by the July 31 deadline? Should he be benched so Yunel Escobar (.315) and Danny Espinosa (1.9 wins above replacement) can keep playing? Or flip the coin: Can you imagine the Nats winning a pennant if a core team leader and (usual) star such as Desmond is shunted aside?Read full article >>

Do the Nats need to acquire another bat?

Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…
Washington Post Jul 8, 2015

Matt Williams is wrong. Ian Desmond won’t hit 20 HRs this season.

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has had a rough season at the plate. In 81 games this season, the the three-time Silver Slugger has hit .213 with seven home runs and an OPS 36 percent lower than average after adjusting for the league and ballpark he plays in  (.595 OPS).Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 7, 2015

Nats Journal: Matt Williams on Ian Desmond’s struggles

Ian Desmond’s trying season has been well-documented. He has overcome his early-season defensive struggles, slowed his pace of miscues and made strong plays in the field. But aside from a strong May and a good week in late June, Desmond has slumped mightily at the plate. Recently, he has been working to improve the placement of his hands in his swing. It hasn’t been an easy process.Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 7, 2015

Nats Journal: Denard Span undergoes MRI exam; Yunel Escobar resting hamstring

The Washington Nationals’ lineup card for Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds was different from what usually appears in the hallway outside of the team’s clubhouse. Only three regular starters were listed in their normally designated positions: right fielder Bryce Harper, catcher Wilson Ramos and shortstop Ian Desmond.Read full article >>

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