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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ian Desmond
Maybe the key decision for the Nats will be whether to sign starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term contract extension. Shortstop Ian Desmond is in line for one, as well. Both players will be free agents after the 2015 season.
The senior at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Mass., who has broken a string of national stories as Major League Baseball's offseason bazaar hums along. He doesn't make a dime for the pieces he writes for SB Nation's MLB Daily Dish, but views the non-stop demands of covering baseball's offseason as an investment in a career that has started earlier than he believed possible.
Danny Espinosa is the subject of a trade rumor, but Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talked up his infielder on Monday at the Winter Meetings.
The odds of Cano, a free agent who has had a brilliant career with the Yankees, joining the Nats are only slightly higher than the odds of a Ferrari showing up under a certain tree in Accokeek, Md. But what's a holiday season without a few dreams? And this is one dream the Nats really should try to make a reality.
Doug Fister has been traded before, so he wasn't shocked but was excited to learn he had been dealt to Washington on Monday night.
Here is a list of random news stories surrounding the Nationals. One involves the band One Direction.
Members of the Nationals are Catholic, or Mormon, or from Protestant denominations. Some are indifferent, or apathetic. Some are Jews, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or those who have more scientific beliefs. But this year, perhaps more than in years past, religion has become a frequent topic inside the Nationals' clubhouse.
At a time when their fans — when their city — may have most needed it, the Washington Nationals provided a scene of unbridled joy Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier in the season, the 5-4 loss to the Phillies could have been chalked up as a competitive, interesting game that just happened to go the other team's way. It happens a lot over the course of a long season. But now? There's no room for such games, even as well as the Nats have been playing lately
Ramos was the unquestioned star in a game filled with them -- Bryce Harper was 3-for-5, Ian Desmond was 2-for-4 with five RBI, and Denard Span went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games -- as the Nationals sealed an 11-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Stephen Strasburg gave up four runs and four hits in six innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday.
"He's playing unbelievable," said Washington shortstop Ian Desmond. "This is the Jayson I remember playing against in Philadelphia."
In 60 1/3 innings this season, facing 230 batters, Clippard has allowed 28 total hits. He has walked 20, given up seven home runs and allowed 15 runs to score while he's been on the mound (13 earned runs, two inherited runners)
First the Washington Nationals were very bad, giving up four runs in the first inning. Then they were very good, recovering from the big early deficit to forge a 4-4 tie in search of their sixth straight road win. But then they were very bad again, fumbling through a shaky eighth inning Sunday afternoon while giving up two runs and practically handing a 6-4 win to a Kansas City team that hadn't had a victory in more than a week.
Zimmermann (15-7) tied St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the league lead in wins and sparked the surging Nationals to their fifth straight win, all on the road.
"For me to say anybody else but Randy would be a lie," said shortstop Ian Desmond, who is one of several Nationals players who came through the minor leagues under Knorr's management. "That's who I want to see as the manager of this ballclub. With that being said, I wouldn't ever doubt any move that Mike Rizzo made."
"You don't ever want to push it on somebody because I've had teammates in the past, before I was walking in the light, that would," Desmond said. "It was just too much, and that pushed me away."