(AP Photo. It was touch and go there for a while, but Ian Desmond has been named starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals.)
"Guzman's had a very good spring, but Desmond's had an exceptional spring. He's playing really good in spring training. He may not be playing good in May, so Guzman could be our shortstop. But to open the season, we're going to give Desie a shot to hold that position down. We hope that works. If it does, then Guzie's got to be able to play some other positions. We talked to him about playing second, third, first, using him that way."
(Jim Riggleman, via Ben Goessling/MASNSports.com, 3/28/2010)
Chalk one up in the win column for Jim Riggleman.
Fantastic news - the Nationals' starting shortstop job is Ian Desmond's to lose. Good luck, kid. (And good luck with that utility role, Guz.)