Nationals Journal: Ian Desmond
The Nationals wanted to extend Ian Desmond long-term, but instead signed him for two years.
Ian Desmond further cemented his status as one of the best shortstops in baseball.
Both Nationals players finish as finalists, losing the awards to Andrelton Simmons and Carlos Gomez, respectively.
Winners for the award will be announced on Tuesday.
The shortstop becomes the first Nationals player ever to record multiple 20 homer-20 stolen base seasons.
Nationals Manager Davey Johnson believes that Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond were the team's best players this season.
The catcher will start his 24th straight game behind the plate and Davey Johnson will check on him and Desmond after the first game.
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 September 12, 2013
Ian Desmond will bat cleanup for the fourth time in his career.
Ian Desmond evaluates the strangest play of the Nationals' 4-3 win over Marlins.