Ian Desmond

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Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond (28657399001).jpg
Desmond with the Texas Rangers in 2016
Free agent
Outfielder / Shortstop
Born: (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 (age 31)
Sarasota, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 2009, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .267
Hits 1,095
Home runs 132
Runs batted in 518
Stolen bases 143
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ian M. Desmond (born September 20, 1985) is an American professional baseball player who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers. 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. Desmond is a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an MLB All-Star. While primarily a shortstop throughout his career, Desmond began playing left field and center field for the Rangers in 2016.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Desmond batted .227 with one home run and 27 RBIs for the Gulf Coast League Expos in 2004. 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 2005 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.

He spent the 2007 season with Class A Advanced Potomac in the Carolina League and set career highs in home runs with 14, average with a .264 clip, on-base percentage with .357 and doubles with 30. Desmond slugged his first homer of the season on April 17. He went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs and scored twice on April 20. He homered in consecutive games on July 28 and 29 and August 12 and 13.

In 2008 he played for Double-A Harrisburg, and started the year there in 2009. In his three months there he batted .306 and, in June, was promoted to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, and in 55 games batted .354.[1] After the minor league season ended, he was called up to the Nationals.

Desmond playing for the Washington Nationals in 2011

Washington Nationals[edit]

He played his first major league game on September 10, 2009. He had his first hit, a double, and RBI during his second at bat. He later went on to hit his first home run during the same game.[2] He followed that up with a 4-for-4 game, and become only the second player ever (along with Guy Sturdy of the 1927 St. Louis Browns) to record at least six hits and four RBI in his first two games as a major leaguer.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6]

Desmond switched his uniform number to 20 at the beginning of the 2012 season to honor Frank Robinson.[7] 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.[8]

Desmond was selected[9] for the 2012 All Star Game, his first such selection. 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.[10] The oblique injury persisted, forcing the Nationals to place Desmond on the 15-day disabled list on July 23.[11]

With his 18th home run of the season on August 20, Desmond set a franchise record for homers by a shortstop.[12]

At the encouragement of manager Davey Johnson,[13] 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%).[14]

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.[15]

Desmond was awarded a Silver Slugger for his offensive prowess in the 2012 season.[16]

In 2013, Desmond repeated both his 20 home run – 20 steal season[17] and his Silver Slugger Award.[18] He batted .280 with 20 home runs, 80 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases in 158 games played.[19] 2014 saw Desmond win his third straight Silver Slugger at shortstop, batting .255 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI.[19]

Desmond struggled both offensively and defensively throughout the 2015 season. In 156 games, he hit .233 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI, and committed 27 errors in the field.[19] At the end of the season, he became a free agent.

Texas Rangers[edit]

Desmond batting for the Texas Rangers in 2016

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.[20] Desmond is expected to play primarily in the outfield rather than as a shortstop for the Rangers. He made his first appearances in left and center field during Cactus League action in March 2016.[21]

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".[22]

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.

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. Prior to the game, Desmond was batting .322 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI.[23] Desmond would finish the 2016 season with a batting average 0f .285, he hit 22 homeruns, and had 86 RBI's. Desmond signed on with the Rangers to be a outfielder despite playing shortstop with his prior team, the Washington Nationals. Shortly after being signed to the organization former player, and current special assistant to the General Manager Michael Young gave praise to the converted infielder now outfielder. "I'm big on Desi. I've known him for a while, had a ton of respect when I played against him and I just think he's really, really a great fit. To be honest, I'm completely shocked he was still out there. If you're a GM or a manager, you've gotta kind of watch what you say, but as a special assistant I can kind of let if fly. 29 other teams missed the boat on this dude. 29 teams missed the boat. He's a Ranger now, and we're going to reap the benefits." He was named the opening day starter in left field by manager Jeff Banister ,Desmond got off to a fast start in the month of May he was batting over .300 earning Ranger player of the month during May. In July along with team mate starting pitcher Cole Hamels, Desmond was voted to the 2016 MLB all star game in San Diego as a reserve for the American League. He was batting .344 at the all star break and this was his second all star game selection, his first with the Rangers and first as an outfielder. Desmond would prove to be a driving force as he finished the season batting .285, while driving in 86 runs as the Rangers dominated the American League west division on their way to a second straight AL West division title while posting a 95-97 record which was good enough for best in the American League. Desmond and the Rangers would face the Toronto Blue jays in a rematch from the 2015 ALDS in which the Rangers blew a 2-0 series lead over the Blue Jays. Desmond and the Rangers would once again fall short in the ALDS, this time being swept by the Blue Jays in the first 3 games. In the series Desmond went 3 for 14 (.214) with 2 RBI’s.

Personal life[edit]

He has a younger brother, Chris Charron.[7] Desmond and fellow major league player Josh Roenicke are brothers-in-law; Roenicke, a pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins through 2013 and signed a minor league deal with the Nationals for 2014,[24] married Desmond's sister Nikki in 2010.[25] In January 2010, Ian married his wife Chelsey,[26] whom he met in the fifth grade.[27] 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.[28][29] The family lives in Sarasota, Florida.[27]

While with the Nationals, Desmond served on the board of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, which opened in 2014.[30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian Desmond Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Sheinin, Dave (2009-09-11). "Desmond Shines in Big League Debut as Nats Beat Phillies". The Washington Post. ISSN 0740-5421. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  3. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (2009-09-15). "Nats' Desmond making most of his call-up: Infielder's start rates among best ever in majors". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  4. ^ Ladson, Bill (2010-03-28). "Desmond awarded starting shortstop job". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  5. ^ Kilgore, Adam (March 29, 2010). "Ian Desmond will start at shortstop for Washington Nationals". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kilgore, Adam (April 8, 2010). "Fast times at shortstop for Ian Desmond". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Kilgore, Adam (April 2, 2012). "Nationals' Ian Desmond believes it will all come together this season". Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Ladson, Bill (April 5, 2012). "Desmond leads things off with big day in win". MLB.com. 
  9. ^ Nowak, Joey (July 1, 2012). "Stras, Desmond, Gio selected as NL All-Stars". MLB.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Wagner, James (July 7, 2012). "Ian Desmond to miss all-star game because of sore oblique". Washington Post. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nationals put SS Desmond on DL, promote OF Brown". Yahoo!. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Comak, Amanda (August 21, 2012). "Edwin Jackson's notable warm-up and Ian Desmond's notable home run". The Washington Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nationals Buzz: Wrapping up the Nats' 3-2 win over Miami". MASN Sports. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2012 » Batters » Plate Discipline Statistics". Fangraphs. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Comak, Amanda (September 24, 2012). "Ian Desmond becomes Nationals' first 20-20 player since Alfonso Soriano". The Washington Times. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Wagner, James (November 8, 2012). "Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Stephen Strasburg win Silver Slugger Awards". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  17. ^ Wagner, James (September 23, 2013). "Ian Desmond records back-to-back 20-20 seasons". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kilgore, Adam (November 6, 2013). "Ian Desmond wins second consecutive Silver Slugger award". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Ian Desmond Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (February 29, 2016). "Rangers, Desmond complete 1-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Jeff (March 23, 2016). "Ian Desmond continues to impress Texas Rangers with outfield play". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  22. ^ Desmond, Ian (March 22, 2016). "What a historic day for baseball. I hope this trip to Cuba leads to great things. Great day for the MLB.". Twitter. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29646/ian-desmond.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Wagner, James (February 14, 2014). "Nationals ink reliever Josh Roenicke, Ian Desmond's brother-in-law, to minor league deal". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  25. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent. "Nats' Ian Desmond takes brother-in-law deep". Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  26. ^ "5 Cutest Pregnancy Announcements from Athletes". CBS DC. February 14, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  27. ^ a b Svrluga, Barry (May 9, 2014). "The Wife". Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  28. ^ James, Chelsea (October 4, 2014). "With third son coming soon, no paternity leave available for Ian Desmond". Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  29. ^ Schad, Tom (October 4, 2014). "Birth of son not expected to keep Desmond out of NLDS games". Washington Times. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  30. ^ Kilgore, Adam (March 30, 2014). "Ian Desmond has become the backbone of the Washington Nationals". Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  31. ^ Wagner, James (March 29, 2014). "Ribbon cut on Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast". Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

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