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Nationals' Desmond not an overnight hit

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Desmond's rise to elite has been long, arduous It had been seven years since former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden famously compared Ian Desmond, his young shortstop, to Derek Jeter. His own manager, Frank Robinson, believed Desmond immediately was ready to play in the big leagues defensively. They were both wrong. There was still a long development curve ahead for the then 19-year-old,...

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