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MLB's StatCast puts Ian Desmond in rare company

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MLB's StatCast puts Ian Desmond in rare company

The advent of MLB's StatCast has been fun for many baseball fans this year, as new statistics have been made available to further everyone's understanding of the game. We now know how fast players run, how fast position players throw and exactly how hard they hit the ball.

MLB made an announcement on Wednesday based on their findings this season, which was the first year the technology was available in all 30 ballparks. Their research was on five-tool players and who in the game truly fits that distinction. By their standards, only eight deserve the superlative and included in that group is Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Desmond, despite having a down year, checked off all the boxes MLB created for this study. Here are the requirements:

Hitting: Batting exit velocity of ≥ 110 mph
Hitting for power: Home run distance of ≥ 425 feet
Fielding: Route efficiency of ≥ 98 percent
Throwing: Throws of ≥ 85 mph
Running: Top base running speed of ≥ 21 mph

Here is the full list of five-tool players:

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros
Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

Desmond may have had a down year statistically, but this should certainly help his case as he enters free agency. StatCast has shown he has not lost much of anything in terms of his physical attributes, which could perhaps suggest he is capable of a bounce-back year in 2016.

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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