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VIDEO: Ian Desmond on long road with the Nationals

Feb 24, 2014, 11:28 AM EST


Yesterday Mark wrote a feature on shortstop Ian Desmond, how the 28-year-old has come a long way in the Nationals’ organization. It took him years to become an elite player at his position after many had written him off as a prospect.

Today we have some of Mark’s one-on-one interview with Desmond that aired in last night’s Geico SportsNet Central. In this clip he recalls the road it took to establish himself as a big leaguer.

Watch it here:

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    is it possible to make tags clickable? easy to search then.

  2. David Proctor - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Sounds like the guys are having fun today. The pitchers are doing hitting/bunting drills and it’s structured as a competition with guys being drafted onto teams. Gio has taken four penalty laps for his trash talk.

    • ArVAFan - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Laps around the bases, or all the way around the field? Even Gio might think twice before speaking: some of those fields are big.

      • David Proctor - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        From the pictures, just around the bases.

  3. TimDz - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    OK Ian….we love you too….

    Now how about signing an extension already?

    • TimDz - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      One that covers some free agent years, that is…..

      • Faraz Shaikh - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        and one that does not handicap team from extending others.

  4. tcostant - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I was listening to Tom Shovers & Thom Loverro’s show on 570am on baseball call The Dougout over the weekend. It was noted by Shovers that Desi turned down a 7 year – $90M deal this offseason and he signed a two year deal instead. The offer seems decent considering that when you consider the two non-free agent year puts the remaining 5 years at about $15M per.

    Discuss among yourselves…

    • David Proctor - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      14.5M isn’t all that great for him. Something like 16-17M would likely get it done.

      • kirbs3256 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        He is going to get a 9 figure deal.

  5. Section 222 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I was a Desi skeptic (never a hater) at the beginning of 2012, based on his lack of patience and low OBP. He seemed particularly ill-suited to the leadoff spot, which is where he batted for 38 of the first 39 games of the season. After the game on May 18, his last in the leadoff spot that year, he was hitting .272/.294/.451/.745. Moved down to the 5th or 6th spot for the remaining 92 games that he played (he missed a bunch of games in July and August with an injury), he hit .303/.354/.541/.895, a remarkable difference.

    Those are numbers that would be great at the top of the lineup, but I really think he has found his comfort zone in the middle of the order. And he’ll soon be a very rich man because of it, deservedly so.

  6. janebeard - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I love Ian very much. I think he is splendid in all ways and I wish we could do a deal that would allow us to keep him the rest of his career. Thanks for this, Mark!





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