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Ian Desmond, Daniel Murphy reflect on Ryan Zimmerman

WASHINGTON - Ian Desmond shared a story on how far the Nationals came as a franchise and how Ryan Zimmerman played a huge role in that. Desmond, the former Washington shortstop, recalls a certain Opening Day when he was with the Nationals. “We were playing the Phillies and they booed...
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Ex-National Ian Desmond announces retirement

Ian Desmond was never anyone to do things in a big, splashy way, so it wouldn’t have been hard to miss the former Washington Nationals’ shortstop’s retirement announcement, tucked away in Jon Heyman’s New York Post notebook column. The 36-year-old is officially calling it a career...
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Ian Desmond retires after disappointing Colorado Rockies tenure

It would be easy to forget that Ian Desmond was still considered an “active” player. The former Colorado Rockies utility man/financial drain had opted out of the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to Covid related concerns. Then, the Rockies allowed him to enter free agency, turning down a $15 million option for the 2022 season.

Former MLB Star Ian Desmond and Biz Pro Vince Northfield Help Underserved Youth

In June 2020, Ian Desmond, then a Colorado Rockies ballplayer and former Washington Nationals star, wrote a long emotional post on Instagram that he would be taking the season off. Covid-19, the killing of George Floyd and his own need for racial reckoning as a biracial man gave him a deep need to come back to his pregnant wife Chelsea and four young kids in his hometown of Sarasota. But more than that, he wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people, primarily minorities, in underserved communities through baseball.

Rockies Thank Ian Desmond, Who Won’t Be On The Team Next Year

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Rockies are parting ways with Ian Desmond. They sent out a tweet late Tuesday thanking Desmond for his contributions to the team over the years, several days after paying the multi-position player a $2 million buyout rather than pick up his club option for next season.
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Reflecting on the Ian Desmond experience

Following the conclusion of the 2021 World Series, the Rockies made an expected move when they declined the $15 million option for Ian Desmond, instead opting for the $2 million buyout. The move marks the end of one of the most baffling contracts in team history and could signal the end of Desmond’s career in the big leagues. So, now feels as good a time as any to reflect on the Rockies career of Ian Desmond and his legacy in Colorado.

Rockies decline option on two-time All-Star Ian Desmond

The Rockies have declined their 2022 club option on infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. It’d have paid him $15M, but he’ll instead receive a $2M buyout. It’s wholly unsurprising news after Desmond forwent his salary and opted out of both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The former...

Colorado Rockies remind us that Ian Desmond exists

Remember Ian Desmond? The Colorado Rockies certainly wish they could forget about him. A misfit of a free agent signing from the beginning, Desmond landed a five year contract worth $70 million as the Rockies strangely attempted to make him their primary first baseman. That experiment failed, with Desmond going back to his utility role before opting out of the past two years.
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Ian Desmond: Team declines 2022 option

The Rockies informed Desmond on Thursday that his $15 million team option for 2022 will be declined, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Desmond will still pocket $2 million as part of a buyout, after not earning a salary in 2020 and 2021 upon opting out of both seasons due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to spend time with his family. In his opt-out announcement ahead of the most recent season, Desmond left the door open to resume his career at some point, though that doesn't appear especially likely now that he's 36 years old and two years removed from playing. In his last active season in 2019, Desmond submitted a rather underwhelming .255/.310/.479 slash line (88 wRC+) and was a liability on defense, so he would likely have to settle for a minor-league deal if he desires to keep his career going in 2022.


DENVER – Major League Baseball today announced that Ian Desmond was named the Colorado Rockies’ 2021 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for Major Leaguers. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of Baseball...
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Ian Desmond named Rockies’ nominee for Roberto Clemente Award for 5th straight year

Ian Desmond has been named the Rockies’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the fifth straight year, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. The annual award, which started in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award” and was renamed after Clemente’s death in 1972, is given to the player who best represents baseball “through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” The award winner will be announced at a date to be determined.
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Rockies’ manager Bud Black on Ian Desmond: “I think he feels good about his decision” to opt-out from second MLB season

The last time outfielder Ian Desmond played baseball in a Rockies uniform was on Sept. 29, 2019. Don’t expect that fact to change anytime soon. Desmond, in the final year of his $70-million Rockies contract, opted out from his second consecutive MLB season last winter. However, the Instagram post announcing his decision stated: “For now, I’ve decided to opt-out of the 2021 season. … I’m going to continue to train and watch how things unfold.”