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The end of a long and winding road

Dec 11, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

2010 photo by Rachel Zuckerman

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Nats Insider was never intended to be permanent. The purpose of this site when it launched Feb. 1, 2010 was purely selfish. I had been unemployed for a month after the Washington Times eliminated its entire sports department, and figuring it might help my pursuit of another job I decided to start blogging, showing any potential employers out there I was still in the game, still trying to stay on top of Nationals news.

Only one week later, the purpose of Nats Insider completely changed. Based on the surprisingly strong interest in the site right from the get-go, I decided to go out on a limb and see if I could somehow make this my actual job. And thanks to the overwhelming support of readers who decided to make financial contributions — a development that still to this day leaves me welling up with emotion — it worked. I packed up my Honda CR-V, left two feet of snow, my wife and my dog behind in Northern Virginia and declared “Viera or Bust!”

Nearly six years have since passed, during which time the site underwent several design overhauls, was purchased by Comcast SportsNet (which later became part of the NBC Sports Group), switched over from Google’s Blogger platform to WordPress and grew into something far beyond anything I ever imagined it could be. Throughout it all, though, I knew in the back of my mind that some day it would have to come to an end.

That day is today, my last day working at CSN.

It was a business decision, and I leave on good terms with the good people at CSN. They gave me opportunities I might otherwise never have had. They gave me the opportunity to continue covering the Nationals professionally and expand my role via regular on-air appearances. And they gave me the opportunity to work alongside some really talented reporters, producers, analysts, photographers and technicians who were so gracious in accepting this career-long print guy who didn’t know an IFB from a VOSOT into their broadcasting world.

I’ve covered the Nationals for 11 seasons now, and good lord how fascinating have these 11 seasons been? From those early days at decaying-yet-oddly-charming RFK Stadium to the opening of Nationals Park to a pair of dreadful 100-loss seasons to the drafting of perhaps the two most-hyped prospects in history to the ascension of the franchise into a 2-time division winner to a couple of heartbreaking postseason losses to the witnessing of D.C.’s first MVP in nine decades to a bizarre and surreal ending to the most-recent season … whew. Maybe it feels this way because we’ve experienced it up close, but it sure seems like this franchise has been through more highs and lows than most.

Every moment along the way, big or small, truly has been a pleasure to cover. Obviously, I’ll remember major events like Max Scherzer’s two no-hitters, the 2012 and 2014 playoffs, Jim Riggleman’s resignation, Davey Johnson’s hiring, Matt Williams’ Manager of the Year performance and then disappointing follow-up, Stephen Strasburg’s debut and Bryce Harper’s debut.

But I’ll also remember the minor events that far outnumbered the major ones. The February mornings spent watching pitchers’ fielding practice on the back fields in Viera, the random Tuesday night games played in front of 15,000 fans, the long and fascinating and hilarious conversations with Frank Robinson and Davey Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth and Ivan Rodriguez and Drew Storen and Ian Desmond and Adam Dunn and Denard Span and Adam LaRoche and Tyler Clippard and Dmitri Young and Robert Fick and Livan Hernandez. Especially Livan Hernandez.

I’ll remember an otherwise insignificant ballgame at Citi Field on April 10, 2010 that ended on a spectacular catch by Willie Harris and prompted me to write my favorite game story in 11 years on the Nationals beat.

I’ll remember all the colleagues and friends I worked with in the press box: James Wagner and Chelsea Janes and Adam Kilgore and Chico Harlan and Barry Svrluga and Dave Sheinen and Tom Boswell and Bill Ladson and Andrew Simon and Chris Johnson and Dan Kolko and Ben Goessling and Thom Loverro and Tom Schad and Brian McNally and Ken Wright and Howard Fendrich and Joe White and Craig Heist and Amanda Comak and Kyle Brostowitz and John Dever and Mike Gazda and Mark Rogoff and so many others.

I’ll remember Chase Hughes, who has worked tirelessly alongside me at CSN these last six years and has come so far as a writer and will continue to have a bright future in this business.

I’ll remember the person who really was the driving force behind the creation of this site and who has stood by my side every single day since (even when I was 3,000 miles away covering a West Coast ballgame until 3 a.m.) and who I will continue to stand beside forever. Rachel: You’re everything to me, and I could not do anything without you. And Brian: Get ready to see a whole lot more of Daddy around the house and get to work on that still-erratic pitching form of yours.

But most of all, I’ll remember the people without whom Nats Insider never would have been possible: You. You found this site, funded this site, spread the word about this site and established an online community of readers whose insight and civility (most of the time) rivaled any I’ve ever found on the internet. I’ve been so fortunate to meet so many of you in person over these six years and communicate with others who in many cases don’t live in the D.C. area. You want the final tally? Just shy of 2 million unique visitors and more than 23 million pageviews that came from 215 different countries. (Alas, we never did record a visit from French Guyana, Western Sahara or North Korea.)

What’s next? I don’t know. I’m going to take a little time off so I can finally devote 100 percent of myself to my family for the first time in a really long time. But I don’t expect this to be goodbye. I’m hoping to find another outlet that will give me the opportunity to continue writing and talking about baseball in Washington. And if that opportunity doesn’t come … well, we’ll just have to wait and see. As I’ve learned, the future holds many surprises.

Nats Insider was testament to just that. If you told me on Feb. 1, 2010 what was in store for this site, that there would be 7,243 articles and 447,563 comments posted here over the next 2,139 days, I never would have believed it.

All I was trying to do was help myself find a new job. In the end, you helped me find something far more meaningful.

And for that, I will forever thank you.

331 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. leis0509 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Really a bummer to hear. This site was by far my favorite place to come for Nats news and checking it was a part of my morning routine. Best of luck!

    • sunshinebobby - Dec 18, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      ‘WE’VE BEEN PATTERSONED!”

  2. veejh - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Bummer. I’m shocked, too.

    Thanks for everyting, Zuck, and good luck to you. I’ll miss this place.

  3. unkyd59 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    ………………………………………..

  4. coolhandbane - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    WTF?????????

    Mark, if you read this, your articles got me back into the Nationals back in 2012 (along with my family). If it wasnt for your interesting articles, I may not be as big as of Nats fan as I am now.

    I wish you the best of luck.

    Please keep in touch and let us know via twitter what your plans are for the future.

    Best of luck.

    On a side note, who will be writing the majority of all the articles here on natsinsider?

  5. JayB - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Thank you Mark…..strangely I will be JayB in Colorado but will always be Nats fan and Barry and you have a lot to do with that……Thanks and good luck!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Good luck and safe travels, JayB.

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 12, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      Yes, good luck JayB. Hope to cross paths with you again when Mark comes out of hibernation.

    • natsfan1a - Dec 12, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      Good luck in Colorado, JayB.

      On a somewhat-related note, my old Chicago friend has moved from Denver and is now living in California. So one (Cubs and) Nats fan leaves Colorado and another moves there. I don’t know if he works there any more, but a few years ago we went to the baseball museum near Coors Field and the fellow who was on duty had moved to Denver from DC. We had fun talking with him about the RFK Nats days.

  6. mdmcommish - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Man, you will be missed. Is this site shutting down, or it is now to be operated by CSN with Chase writing or something? I will miss this site enormously if it is shut down. And of course we will miss you too Mark.

    • Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Is this the end of Nats Insider???

      I’ll miss it very much!

  7. Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Say it ain’t so MarkMeister!!!!

  8. ArVAFan - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Mark: good luck with whatever you do. I expect to see you on the Tweeter: let us know where you go from here.

    I know you won’t miss spending a month in Viera, but I will miss seeing you there one more time.

  9. Mike Gallagher - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Sorry Mark, but we can’t allow this. There can’t be a season without this site. Take a couple of weeks, then ease back into work. It’ll be fine by the time Ps & Cs report.

    • golfersal - Dec 12, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      I have a feeling that the site will continue, but without Mark. When you put together a site like this in the beggining there is really very little money. Seems that Comcast worked out an arriagmnet with Mark when this site was in it’s beggining stages to basically take it over, get the advertising and pay Mark a nice salary. I guess that there was probably something that happened that either Mark was making too much money or Comcast wanted to save some money so that is why Mark is probably leaving or has been shown the door. Who knows maybe Mark felt that he should get more money and Comcast didn’t want to pay him more.
      Let’s face it, Comcast is in this to make money, they hire young, very cheap folks and it becomes a terrible circle because Comcast never seems to want to pay these folks the true value of their skills if they get better. So the good ones go elsewhere to get more money but Comcast always seems to keep costs very, very low.

      We all love Mark and the next big question will be if Mark can get another job or start another site that has to do with the Nats. Be interesting to see if Mark had some arraignment with Comcast that prohibits him from starting a new site or going to work for a MASN or any other website, paper or magazine. But I have a feeling that hopefully in a few months Mark will appear in some other forum, becuase he will bring in an audience of folks like us.

      What is sad about this, like any other business these days, sometimes companies don’t really put a value on someone good because once people are use to something they will in most cases still use it. Unfortunately we all have loved this site for six years now and religiously have it marked and because of routine just go to it weather Mark is a part or not. We have gotten use to the first class nature of the writing ( but have taken it for granite, like the air we breathe) and will continue going to it. Just remember that this site will be basically in hibernation for the next couple of months until spring training when people will come back to it and most of those folks will not even notice Mark is gone.

      So it’s a sad day and one that Mark had to know could happen when you sign a pact with the devil, sorry I meant a cheap company like Comcast Sportsnet a half a decade ago.

      So I pass on a kind thanks to Mark for the half a decade of great reporting he gave us all and hope your path will pass us again on some other project that has to do with the Washington Nats.

  10. bowdenball - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    What a bummer. Best of luck Mark, thanks for everything- the insider stories, the game writeups, and a forum for discussions of our favorite team.

  11. nats106 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Thank you, Mark.

  12. TimDz - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Are we to assume that the blog will continue (as it was bought by Comcast)? If so, who will be taking over?

    • trfwans - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      I would assume that this blog has been DFA by Comcast. Or maybe non-tendered, given the timing. The handwriting on the wall was when Comcast quit sending Mark to cover the away games in person but instead had him live-blog the games while sitting on his sofa watching them on a rival network. I bet they wouldn’t even let him expense the food and drink he consumed while doing it either.

  13. reallythough111 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Mark, Nats Insider is usually the first place I go every day when I start up my computer. I’m proud to have helped contributing to this site at the start and still cherish my postcard from Viera.

    I rarely comment but have enjoyed reading what everyone has to say and the community that built around your stories. I will miss this place but will cherish the memories. Thanks for all your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors.

    • Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      I guess I’ll start putting the coffee on first.

      Thanks Mark.

  14. Candide - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Well… damn…

    Are you going to have to change your Twitter handle? If so, let us know, so we can follow you wherever you end up.

    Thanks for everything!

  15. momhw - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Thank you Mark for your efforts, insight, and reasonable approach to baseball and the Nats ing over these many years. You will be missed. All the best to you in the future.

  16. Todd Boss - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    What a shock to read this! Thanks for everything for so long Mr. Zuckerman. Not only are you the voice of the washington Nationals baseball writing scene, but I owe my own blog presence entirely to your gracious decision to put my link on your blogroll.

    Thank you for everything, for so long. I hate to see you go.

  17. bc4314 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Thanks for everything, Mark. Best of luck in the future!

  18. davebinmd - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Mark,

    Well this was an unwelcome shock, I’m very sorry to hear this news. I hate to lose a ‘charter member’ of the Nats beat writers, but you have my best wishes for the future. I’m consoled by the fact that you’ll get to spend a lot more time with your family.

    My only other thought was the same as TimDz’s, will CSN keep this blog going?

    Dave B.

  19. aclupp - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I never really commented on anything, but this was bar none my #1 source for news & opinion on the Nats. Thank you Mark, and best of luck! It just won’t be the same without you!

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Mark, I was there with you from the start and loved your work. Glad to hear you are looking at other opportunities. We could use a head writer at TalkNats. Thanks for teaching me how to write better!

    Comcast should shudder this up with you leaving as it could never be NatsInsider without you.

    DM me through Twitter. Good luck in the future

    • Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      Good to hear from you, Ghost!

      TalkNats, eh?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Yah, check it out TalkNats com Try it out. We are a moderated site and interactive. We have 8 different writers and so far no advertising.

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      I agree Ghost. I guess I’ll try to find your site now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        Sonny I hope so. You will recognize a lot of people here. We have the edit button and different sort features and “hate” isn’t tolerated here.

  21. Bert - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Thank you for keeping us up to date and informed-good luck in future endeavors.

  22. Hiram Hover - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Thanks, Mark, for all the extraordinary work you have done–the reporting and analysis, the game threads, the great community you have provided here for the last 6 seasons. I hope Nats fans understand how lucky they’ve been to have this site.

    Best of luck in whatever path you choose next–I hope we’ll see more of you soon!

  23. jd - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Mark,

    What a disappointment. Thanks for creating this forum and also for contributing to the overall Nationals experience.

  24. dryw4nats - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Best of luck to you, Mark! You will be (clearly, based on the other comments here!!) missed.

  25. drsnacky - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    NOOOO! So sorry to see you go Mark. I love the WaPo beat reporters ad bloggers but you were my go to guy for Nats coverage. Enjoy some time with your family but I expect to see you back out on the interwebs somewhere soon with the great coverage and insight into the game I love. I hope it is covering the Nats but I would read/follow your writing on any MLB team. I assume you have to give up the Twitter handle – do you have another you use in the interim?

    Best of luck and it is great to hear your perspective of being grateful for all that has happened as a result of your attempt to get another job. Would love to hear more about those long conversations with Livan, Frank, Davey et al.

  26. funnationals - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Thank you, Mr. Mark Zuckerman and I hope to meet you someday.

  27. senators69 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Mark,

    Thank you for creating a fabulous site, but most of all, thank your for your erudite thoughts. The Nats should also thank you mightily — you helped support Nats fandom here in DC by creating a foundation for people to share thoughts.

    My very best to you in the future. I hope you will continue to weigh-in on Nats matters no matter where you end up.

    Sens

  28. erocks33 - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Mark, you will be missed! The only solace I have about this news is that you will now be able to spend more time with Rachel and Brian. And I do hope that you’re having Brian learn to throw left-handed!

    Best of luck to you, Mark!

  29. Faraz Shaikh - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    WOW Good luck mate
    Sad to see this end! Been a fan always! Still read your site over the course of last year when I was pretty much absent from commenting due to personal commitments.
    This last post is an example of how great of a writer you are.
    Thank you so much for your hard work.
    Goodbye Mr. Z!

  30. scnatsfan - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    As an out of state Nats fan, you and this site helped me connect with the Nats, and new friends, in a way I could have never imagined. I cannot Thank You enough for your words and humor, the brightness this brought into my life. I wish you nothing but happiness wherever you land and I’m jealous you get to spend more time with your family, a truly golden moment. Thank You from the bottom of my heart… and may your next landing spot be your dream job.

    Tom

  31. raleighnat - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    As many have said, your blog was a part of my daily routine. This is where I have come for Nats news and commentary. Great community to boot. You are a fine gentlemen and have been the best Nats reporter on the beat. Good luck to you and I hope you return to covering the Nats full time with another outlet. So thank you Mr. Zuckerman – you will be missed!

  32. pburm9qp - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Really appreciated your service and coverage of our team.

    Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

  33. rmoore446 - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I am stunned and saddened. This blog has been such a big part of my life. I found it early after reading a reference to you in The New Yorker magazine (of all things) and latched on quickly. Then it was a volunteer subscription payment and I wondered how you stayed afloat.

    Gosh, I’ll miss you Mark and just hope that you find another sports writing home in time for the baseball season. Let us know somehow and we will flock to be with you again.

    Good luck friend.

  34. Joe Seamhead - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    First off: Good luck to you,and your family, Mark. Secondly, thank you for all that you provided us all with, starting with your excellent coverage of the Nats, and for giving us all a place to “hang out’ and let us to cheer, analyze, discuss, and cuss both the Nats and sometimes each other. We all will miss you. Again, thank you so much for all of your efforts!

  35. someguyinva - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Sad to read this but I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  36. sec314tom - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Wow! I certainly understand the desire to be around your family. I can’t imagine the time pressures of this job despite all the fun and exciting aspects.

    As an original “investor,” I’ve always been proud to know that I was one of the people that helped get this site going. It’s been my “Nats Hub” for years.. especially after Capital Punishment went down.

    Good luck with next step in your career!

  37. natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Jim Bouton said, “A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” To torture a metaphor, replace “ballplayer” with “fan” and add “team” to “baseball” and insert “heart” before “team,” and well, that one derailed pretty fast didn’t it? But I digress. Baseball, particularly Nats baseball, holds a special place in my heart. Part of that is the beauty of the game itself, but part of that is the shared experience with family and friends.

    Thanks, Mark, for giving us a place to share our baseball experience and cheer, rant, and commiserate. Thanks for your always compelling writing, including this piece, which made me cry. It almost feels like losing a friend – well, some virtual friends, perhaps. It’s definitely big a loss for the Nats reporting community, imho.

    I am surprised and dismayed to read about the end of Nats Insider, although I will also opine that it wouldn’t be the same without you, imho, and I doubt that I’d read it if someone else was the lead writer (and that’s not just fan bluster, either ;-). I hope that you’ll keep us updated as to your future plans, and I selfishly hope that they will include reporting on Nats baseball in some other capacity. If that is the case, I would further opine that you would bring a large and devoted readership along with you.

    p.s. Remind Brian to breathe through his eyelids and he’ll be just fine.

    • Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Hey Mark, I’m getting in line to read your next byline.

    • natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      Oh, and that was a [heckuva] story. Good ol’ Super Willie Harris.

  38. IsawTeddywin - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Farewell Mark, and hoping to read you in another venue soon. Not having NI to read will be sad.

  39. alexva6 - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Mark, thank you for all your efforts. Your writing on this site was always the first place I went for news.

    Happy Holidays and best of luck in all your future endeavors.

  40. tcostant - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    So sad to see you go. I still remember that day I emailed you tring to figure out which day Strasburg (because of an off day) was going to start (when he was AA) and you emailed me back with the correct date. I’m a huge fan.

  41. annapmagistra - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Eek, we will miss you so much. I go to Natsinsider every dayto see the latest news and understand it better. Where to turn?

  42. Batboy - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Can’t BELIEVE!!! I Cry!! Remember all the great times we had at the Nats games together !

  43. Tyler Babip - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Thanks for everything. When I moved to the West Coast it became my hub for Nats banter as in-person options only wanted to talk about the Mariners. This was home away from home.

  44. Eugene in Oregon - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Saddened, like everyone else who’s commented. Wishing you the best of luck in whatever your future holds. If you’re ever in Eugene (perhaps covering some other silly sport), keep your eyes open for a middle-aged-plus guy walking around the UO campus wearing a curly-W hat and say hello!

  45. NIWatcher - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Hey, Mark. Why not start a new blog. We will all contribute to send you to Viera. If it worked once, it can work again. But you will be starting with a much bigger base. Where can I make my contribution? In any event, the best of luck on all of your future endeavors.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:10 PM

      +1

  46. rayvil01 - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Best of luck to you, Mark. Hope the time ahead is all you wish it to be.

  47. natsguy1 - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Honestly, this feels like more of a gut punch than Game 5. That one at least had some foreshadowing when the Nats offense went ice cold after the third inning.

    But I totally understand the desire to spend more time with family (and reminds me I need to do that too). Good luck Mark, and thanks for the memories!

  48. chiefwj - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Pretty depressing news.

    Mark: Thanks for your effort, your erudition, your insight, your civility, and you willingness to interact with all of us fanatics.

  49. Nats Fan Zee - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Gosh Mark, you will be missed! Always look forward to your insightful comments and well constructed thoughts. I feel like I just lost a member of my family!

    The very best to you and your family in the future. Hoping nothing but good things for you down the road because you deserve it!

  50. jonnnynats - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Sweet fancy Moses! Well you’ll always have that Facebook thing to fall back on. Thanks for the best source on the Nats, bar none.

  51. Steady Eddie - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Mark,

    So many others commenting above said so much of what I would say, but I do have to add these particular thoughts.

    Your blog, and above all your insightful, smart, always engaging, and compassionate writing has long ago created a place at the heart of my Nats fandom. You were the go-to place equally when I was out of town to get the definitive summary of what happened in a game (At least when you were writing it) as when I have been at many games and look to your tweets and in game writeups to find out that essential nugget more about what just happened. Not to mention the great Nats community you created and did your best – at least when you were more able pre-Comcast to oversee what happened on the site – to keep it as a strong and functioning community.

    If it’s any measure of our work to see the size of the hole we leave behind when we stop doing it, you will be leaving behind an immense chasm indeed.

    Thank you for all you have done for us Nats fans, and best wishes for wherever your work takes you in the future – hopefully right back to Nats Park!

  52. Jonathan - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Thank you.

  53. gnashnails - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Mark–This is stunning, but understood. Family first. I am so proud to be an original. My post card from you is still framed, on my treasure wall. I said to you soon after you initiated this venture that you were fundamentally changing sports reporting, partly by going “embedded” with the team, partly by going “interactive” with your readers, and mostly by actually setting a new level of journalistic professionalism. I love being right. I am so nervous now–I hope this incredible site continues. I am forever grateful, Mark, and I will always be a Gnashnail.

  54. ptindc - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Total shocker. I am saddened, but thankful for all the time you spent to fill this site with your quality content. I will miss the regular posting, and as you can see by all the comments here, you will be missed. Best place to read & talk Nats on the Interwebs, and it’s all thanks to your vision and efforts. Godspeed in your next adventure.

  55. Another_Sam - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Good luck and thanks for all the fun. I always enjoy your work and look forward to continuing.

    And – who is that young guy in the picture above? haha

  56. knoxvillenat - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Mark, thank you for all your efforts over the past several years in covering all things Nationals. I am proud to say that I was one of those who contributed financially to your “start up” enterprise and have been rewarded many times over for my investment. I have enjoyed your writing and insights and will always remember how thoughtful and gracious you were in taking time to leave the press box and meet me near my seats at Nationals Park earlier this season. You are a true gentleman and I wish you well in the future and to your family also. God bless you!

    TB

  57. jskurtzke - Dec 11, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Mark, you are a true professional in every meaning of that word: creative, credible and courageous. I, like many others here, regret that Nats Insider will be entering a non-Zukckerman phase. But I am excited for you as you take your next career step. Just as before, you will have many supporters. On a personal note, I very much appreciated your support when I was coping with cancer.

  58. legnatsfan - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Mark, I’ve be an avid reader although seldom have posted. I will miss Nats Insider tremendously. Good luck to you and please keep us posted on your next move!

  59. infideljack - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    I have liked your stuff ever since the Washington Times days.

  60. infideljack - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    I have liked your stuff ever since the Washington Times days. Good luck to you.

  61. mauimo22 - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Mark,
    Thank you for your amazing writing and beat coverage over the past 5 years. You are an excellent writer and a very good broadcaster as well. I could always count on a proper breakdown of the baseball action from you.
    I wish you nothing but success and happiness in your future endeavors!
    This site won’t be the same without you.
    All the best,
    Maui

  62. therealjohnc - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    With a tip o’ the cap to the Grateful Dead, “what a long, strange trip its been!” And a good one. Thanks to you, Mark for showing that spark of initiative that set the NI flame alight. It was great meeting you at the meet & greets and being able to go along for the ride. As we say here at Navy, fair winds and following seas. I look forward to reading your next byline, whenever and wherever that happens to be.

  63. shawndc04 - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Man, I was with you since the beginning and remember your posts driving to Viera and then from ST. I actually met you at a game and you were very gracious and later e-mailed me. I hope that you enjoy your “down” time, get rejuvenated, and find something you enjoy doing. Good luck.

  64. Dave - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    This is truly earth-shaking news. The absence of Mark Z. and Nats Insider is going to fundamentally change my Nats-fan experience. I am one of those who was here at the very beginning; chipped in a few bucks to send you to Viera, Mark; subscribed to that short-lived podcast back in the day; etc.

    I have met some great Nats friends as a result of being a quasi-regular commenter here. I always go to Nats Insider first of all when I want to see what’s happening with the team.

    Mark, you will be sorely missed. I wish you well.

  65. dgourds - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Mark, you have no idea how important you have been to me as a Nats fan. I’m really taken aback by this. There simply has been no other Nats news source that comes close to Nats Insider. And the community of informed posters will also be missed. Thanks you for your tremendous efforts. I hope you will be back writing on the Nats soon. I wish you well.

    Can someone recommend any other good Nats blogs?

    • Matt Weyrich - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      Check us out at DistrictOnDeck.com

    • therealjohnc - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      Mark has been an institution at NI, and can’t really be replaced. I do recommend several of the blogs from the blogroll, including Federal Baseball and Nationals Arms Race. Going Deep with the Nats and Nationals Baseball are also good.

  66. FriedOgre - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Had to leave a comment myself on this one. Just wanted to let you know that I’m sure there are many people on this blog like myself. Daily readers who never comment but just lurk and observe. Like many here, this blog was on my daily read list. My “go to” site for Nats’ news, insight, and, on game day, just a fun place to check out for the cheers, jeers, and gnashing of teeth.

    I’m sad to see you go. And even sadder if the blog itself and the community I’ve come to associate with it disperses as well.

    Thanks for all the memories over the years and best of luck to you.

  67. uvadan86 - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Well, there goes a major part of my lunchtime routine. Best of luck wherever you end up! And thank you for your efforts on our behalf as fans.

  68. mlblogsnatsboy - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Mark, I’ve always thought you were way too talented to be on the network that focuses on the NFL, NBA and NHL. You should be moderating a Nats Talk show on MASN, and writing for the Post or the MLB.com official website. Your writing and commentary on the Nats is uniquely insightful and informational. I hope your break is filled with much happiness and you come back on the beat in a forum more worthy of your significant abilities.

    • golfersal - Dec 12, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      I would have to think that someone smart at either MASN, the Post, MLB.com or even the Nationals are figuring out a way to have Mark as part of their reporting.

  69. Matt Weyrich - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Thank you Mark — best of luck to you!!

  70. natsdial8 - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Hey Mark the very best of good fortune to you and your family. Have enjoyed your work here and on the airwaves . Hopefully wonderful new doors will be opening for you ! 👏

  71. NATSNUTMD - Dec 11, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    This is a sad day for Nats fans, Mark. Was an early contributor back in 2010. You’re the best and will be sorely missed on the Nats beat. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

  72. corkybb - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Mark, thank you for everything, and we will miss you. Good luck in your future endeavors!

  73. jfmii - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    This was my go-to for the Nationals. Thank you and good luck

  74. positivelyhalfst - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Mark-

    We kick-started you before there was Kickstarter. Let us know if your next endeavor requires the same. I will miss your insight. Good luck, pal.

    Kevin

    +1/2St.

  75. naterialguy - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Thank’s for the always consistent level headed and responsible coverage. Wherever you go, you know you will have followers waiting.
    Hope to see you in Viera

  76. dannyrockville - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Mark,

    I saw this a couple of hours ago, read through all the comments, did some work, then came back and read through the new comments. I was miserable then and am even more miserable now.

    Jeez, Papelbum tries his best to choke the life out of the future of my team, and even he couldn’t harm my joy for what this team could be. But now this. Oh my. Mark, as so many other readers have said so well, you are my go to guy – the first of 3 sites that open the world up to me each morning. The one to show what is up with the team, even in the dead of November, when for 5 or 6 days in a row the lead Nats story on the WaPo site never changed! You always had something — and something worth reading!

    I and all the others like me will truly miss turning to you and to Nats*Insider. I really enjoy Chase and his writing, but you are what Nats*Insider is all about, and I fear that very quickly NI simply won’t be what I and all the others are fearing we have lost. Anyway, that is our collective loss, one we will survive.

    All the best to you. We’ll be on the lookout for wherever and whenever you resurface. And like all the others, I join with them in hoping you are covering the Nats. And it would make my day if that was as a writer for the Post. If that suited what you had in mind, of course!

    All the best! Danny

  77. texnat1 - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Sorry to hear the news. Thanks for all your work, Mark. It’s been a great site.

  78. DaveB - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Thanks so much for all you have done here The quality of your writing, and your ability to convey the joy of following the Nats was absolutely responsible for pulling me back into baseball (the Nats should have been paying you a commission for all of the fans that have gotten much of our love of the team through you). Good luck in whatever you end up doing next!

  79. natslifer - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    I can hardly think of a day in all these years that I haven’t looked at this website – thank you for that gift.

    Keep pursuing your passion – it will lead to something soon and I’m sure we’ll be reading from you shortly.

  80. letsallbaseball - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Vaya con Dios, Mark Zuckerman.

  81. lovedanats - Dec 11, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    “I have my own sports writer!”
    I loved explaining that t-shirt to people at Nats park back in the day. (Has it really only been 6 years?) Thanks for your wisdom and insight. Thanks for talking me down off the ledge many times especially during those 100 game loss seasons. Thanks for posing for pictures with me (at least twice, maybe three times). Thanks for allowing me to vent when I needed to (opening day 2010 when the Phillies took over the park). Thanks for providing the venue to commiserate over the ultimate high of Game 4 2012 to the rock bottom low of Game 5 2012. Thank you, thank you for everything. I wish you only success in the future……and I will miss you.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Just heard about this… Such unfortunate news to hear.

    Thanks for all your work over the years Mark. Good Luck with your future endeavors. Hope to see you around Nats Park still!

  83. chaz11963 - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Oh man! I read your blog multiple times a day almost everyday, Mark. What the heck am I going to do now??? I can’t possibly go back to that nasty MASN blog!

    We will miss you! You did an outstanding job! Hope you are able to come back to cover the Nats.

  84. npb99 - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Very disappointing news, but all the best to you, Mark, and your family. And thanks for this blog – all good things must come to an end – I really enjoyed reading your entries, the readers’ responses, and being part of this on-line community.

  85. philipd763 - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    No Heyward, no Mark! Sad day in Nats Land. Thanks Mark for a job well done and best of luck.

  86. Mark Zuckerman - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Man, what a day this has turned into! I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response from all of you here, on Twitter and via email. Trying to reply to everyone individually but I simply can’t keep up. Just know that I’ve been reading every comment and I’m truly touched.

    I know many of you are wondering what happens to this site and what’s next for me. Can’t say for sure but I’ll be sure to update my situation via Twitter. I’m in the process of getting my old handle back (twitter.com/MarkZuckerman) so check that out in the near future for whatever news I have to share. And you can always reach me at zuckerman12@gmail.com.

    Thank you again for everything!

    • natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      Thanks for giving us the contact info, Mark. Will watch for updates from that Tweeter handle, even though I am a Luddite. 🙂

    • natslive - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Thanks for the contact info. Thanks for all your hard work, I rember funding you and the first trip you made to ST to cover our new Nats. Best of luck to you.

  87. Ann Brockett - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Mark,

    Wishing you God’s great blessings in your future. It’s been a pleasure reading your stuff these years.

    Ann Brockett.

  88. ijncricket - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Mark, I know all good things come to an end but this is a bummer. I was a contributor to the Viera or Bust trip and it was the best baseball investment I ever made. This site and its knowledgeable commenters made me appear halfway intelligent about baseball even though I grew up defending three sticks from a red leather ball with a piece of willow. I hope you are picked up elsewhere. Enjoy your time with the family. Being Dad is a top job.

  89. Denton - Dec 11, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    You will be missed-hope your back in a new dc venue soon. Natsinsider has been my first goto for all things nats

    Best wishes

  90. naterialguy - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    ok, I tried to be simple and sincere but there is no other to state it.

    THIS SUCKS!!!!

  91. Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    This saddens me more than I expected. You take our affection as much as our respect, along with you, After all these years, the Nationals without you will be like losing Charlie and Dave.

    And I would like, one more time, to associate myself with the remarks by my esteemed colleague from Halfstreet — if we need to kick some start again, just say the word.

    • natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      Indeed, count me in on kicking some start or, um, whatever else might need kicking. 🙂

      • natslive - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Me too on the kickstarting

    • chaz11963 - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Count me in on the kicking!

    • Dave - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      I too stand ready to kick whatever is necessary to start whatever is required. We did it once, we can do it again.

      • rmoore446 - Dec 11, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        Yeah, count me in also for kicking in. I remember sending money to Mark and when he wrote something especially good, I’d kick in a few dollars mid-month bonus. But I expect with a kid and all, Mark’s monthly “nut” is beyond our little group’s capacity.

    • positivelyhalfst - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Mark-

      Although you didn’t do this on purpose, you also ended up pulling a community over to you when Barry Svrluga left our original home, Nationals Journal. We never really left NJ, but we already knew you when Barry moved on, and Chico Harlan’s heart was never really in it. I bring this up because people like Sec 3 and natsfan1a (and way too many others, please don’t make me list) are important to us and whether we all continue to post as we did, we still enjoyed reading them along with your reports.

      We all still look for what Svrluga writes, follow everyone on NJ, etc, and will be sure to see what you do next. I just hope that wherever we go to continue our running typed “oral history” of the Nats, that you will check in on us, too. If you are not following the Nats professionally, you will have the luxury of becoming a fan.

      +1/2St.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 11, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        Exactly.

    • janebeard - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      Totally in, as well.

  92. Reverendp - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Thanks! Good Luck. Be well. All the best.

  93. Tim Harrison - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Whereever you end up, Mark, I’ll be reading. You’re a top-flight reporter.

    Sweet fancy Moses, I’m gonna miss you.

  94. Section 222 - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Mark,

    I feel like at least a million of those pageviews were me checking back from morning to night virtually every day of the year for new posts and new comments. Your blog has nourished and stoked my Nats obsession for the last five years, and I feel like I’m a much more knowledgeable and appreciative fan now than I was when I plunked down my first contribution to send you on your way to Viera. And you also created a community of fans that has supported each other in good times and in bad. In particular, I remember reading the comments the day after Game 5 with gratitude and relief that I was not the only person who felt like there had been death in the family.

    You’ve taken a lot of grief from some in this community at times over the year, but I hope you know that you have our greatest admiration and thanks for the countless hours you’ve put in to keep us informed, and entertained, day in and day out.

    We all know there is more to life than work, and you certainly have earned some time to yourself and for your family. But I sincerely hope that you will return to the Nats beat in some way soon because your insight, your voice, and your great writing will be sorely missed until you do.

    All the best to you,

    222

    • Section 222 - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      One other thing. If you haven’t seen it, the following link is to the NIDO Glossary of terms, concepts, expressions and abbreviations created by the NI community to provide background for new commenters. Sweet Fancy Moses is in Row 30.

      There doesn’t seem to have been much added since 2014, but it may provide a few chuckles and memories of the conversations we had here:

      https://prettyfrickenbueno.wordpress.com/nido-glossary/

      • janebeard - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        Oh that was great, 222! Laughed and cried.

  95. Sonny G 10 - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    I am utterly shocked, simply stunned. I write this with tears in my eyes. I feel like there has been a death in my immediate family. What am I to do now. The Nats Insiders was the first web site I opened every day and kept it open all day to refresh and look for new articles . You have been my go-to site for all things Nats news-wise. It just won’t be the same without you. You are my favorite Nats beat writer.

    I’m proud to have financially contributed to your website when you got things started. I’m retired, on a fixed budget without a lot of money, but if you need to start over, I’ll again be a paying contributor for you. I wouldn’t do that for anyone else.

    I really enjoyed meeting you in Viera. You were the one to recognize me because of the picture of me and my dog Sophie which I used as an avatar back then. I had Sophie with me, so that’s probably how you recognized me.

    I have loved your level-headed analysis on all the crises we and the Nats have gone through. You have set me straight on more than one occasion. I am dearly hoping you’ll come back into my life with more things Nats in the near future. Best of luck and love to a most fine gentleman. God bless you and your family.

    Sonny

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I will still wear my NI SONNYG 10 Nationals jersey to the games.

      • janebeard - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        I have a Nats Insider shirt, too, and i’ll always keep it, even though you can barely see that’s what it says.

  96. Edward - Dec 11, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Never commented before, but now seems as good a time as any. Finding this site back in 2011 is one of the primary reasons I grew into a diehard nats fan. I am sure I am not alone. Thank you Mark, for providing such a consistently valuable resource. Good luck with whatever is next.

  97. alnatsfan - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Can not believe this.
    What will we do? Where will we go?
    I haven’t posted in years but come to this site every day.
    I was one of the diehards that subscribed when you needed support

    Good luck and hope you land somewhere soon and are able to follow the Nats because no one does it better.

    Al Mannato, aka Alnatsfan and also ALM100

  98. hummel26 - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    If they’re shutting this down, there’s an opportunity for someone to start a new Nats blog.

  99. donniebenth - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Very, very sad day.

    Losing Hayward is bad. The Nats shrinking stature is really bad — free agents don’t seem to want to come here.

    And losing Mark is like losing a family member.

    You rock Mark. Classy to the end.

  100. Susanfaulkner - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I’m just reading this today and this sucks! This is the only site that I’ve found that you don’t have to have Facebook or Twitter to comment. I like this cause everyone is respectful and no drama just talking about our favorite team. Hope it stays! Good luck Mark

  101. Eromedc - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Add my name to the previously silent masses. I read this blog several times a day. Not only does it keep me informed and fuel my Nats mania, but I find comfort in knowing there are so many kindred souls in this fan base. My baseball world is now a little less complete.

    Good luck to you and your family in life. You are a special writer, fan, and person.

  102. janebeard - Dec 11, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    I was a STH from day one. But Mark and Nats Insider made me a diehard fan. It wouldn’t have happened but for your insights and coverage. The impact you have had on so many people is bigger than you will ever know. I didn’t know about you till year 2, so I missed your favorite post about the Willie Harris catch. But reading it reminded me of all the reasons I have loved the Insider: the way you write, the way your observe, the way you love and respect the game. And then I read the comments of so many of my “Imaginary Friends” from this site, who have come to mean more to me than THEY will ever know. And you made that possible.

    Thank you for writing, for being on the road TO write, for having the zeal to re-write when the game changed hands at the last moment. Thank you for your fun and sly tweets. For talking us all off the ledge sometimes, especially in the bleak years. THANK YOU for making this a respectful community and making sure people are not awful to each other.

    I can’t imagine the Nats without you. I really can’t. It is sort of fitting that, in the year we lose our best pitcher, and the heart of the team (Ian Desmond), we lose you. I wish you all the best. And I hope hope hope that we are reading your words about our guys somewhere soon.

    GYFZG! You were always writerish, and always pretty freaking bueno.

    You are irreplaceable. Not hyperbole.

    • Section 222 - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:13 AM

      Really nicely said jane. +1.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

      Yep +2

  103. lesatcsc - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Thank you for everything, Mark. Outstanding job. All the best in your future endeavours!

  104. mythicalmonkey - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Best wishes for the future! This was my first stop every morning, in-season and out (maybe especially out, when I could always count on you to cover even the coldest of hot stove moves). You will be missed!

  105. realdealnats - Dec 11, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Mark,
    Thank you so much for all the hard work and the top quality blog you’ve been overseeing for all these years. Anything as good as this takes work work work and you must be as tired as you are proud of what you have created.

    I know I learned so much from you and others here and am forever grateful.

    I’m a true believer that when one door closes, another opens, and I wish you success and happiness beyond your wildest imaginings.

    Best of luck to you and your family. Follow your fascination. I have the feeling we’ll hear from you again down the line in some way, shape, or form, and however it manifests itself will be even greater than your work here.

    Thanks for the memories,

    Real Deal Nats

  106. ehay2k - Dec 11, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Wow, I saw the post picture, and said to myself as I clicked it, “I wonder if he is leaving us?”

    Well Mark, all your years of following the Nats have rubbed off on you: you pulled off a complete “Rizzo” and from the comments above, I can confidently say no one saw this coming!

    Wow, total shock. First, thank you so much for creating this community, for being the genesis of a hardcore, informed fanbase and also several spinoff blogs. I owe my Nationals affliction to your thoughtful coverage and excellent writing.

    I cannot wish this didn’t end, because I am so very thankful for the creation of NI. As you said, it did have to end someday, so I cannot mourn the inevitable end that was merely the result of the creation of the blog in the first place, because to do so would be to wish for no beginning and no middle.

    And while I am for the moment at a bit of a loss – this was my daily go-to site for Nats info – I steel myself with the thought that you soon will be back in our baseball lives in some way, shape, or form.

    Enjoy the break. And of course, if you were to start another blog and needed a way to get to ST, you know you can find us!

    Happy Holidays to you, Rachel and Brian.

  107. unkyd59 - Dec 11, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I saw this before the first comment, this morning, and thought I’d have something erudite to say, at some point… I’ll just have to “+1” to all of the previous comments, and admit that I just feel broken… Be well, Mark, and I hope I hear about it, right away, wherever you pop up again…. Thanks, friend…

    • janebeard - Dec 11, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Broken. Yes. Me too, Me too.

    • veejh - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      Clearly, this was the go to for many, many Nats fans. This will leave a huge void in the Nats community. There’s other blogs, but this one was hands down the best. No contest. It’s been a sad day. I never thought I’d feel this way because a web page was shutting down. Sheesh.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        Exactly.

  108. Dave - Dec 11, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I just realized something:

    This very post may be “IT” for NI.

    So where do we go now?

  109. zmunchkin - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Best of luck in your new endeavors Mark.

  110. rlndtln - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    I am glad to see you go.You have banned me from this site for predicting the demise of the Nats.So much for free speech.I predicted the Mets were the best in the National league in August,begged to bring up den Deker for months,and wanted to trade prospects for Chapman and leave that cancer in philly.I am truly happy to see you go Mark.Good riddance.

    • veejh - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      Shame on you. You are one despicable human being.

      • Joe Seamhead - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        veejh, that is one SMF.

    • snopes1 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.

      What divorce are you on, jerk?

      • rlndtln - Dec 15, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        There again all you liberals that can not argue the facts instead us name calling.Understand the game of baseball and the ridicule of Utley,denDeker and the the pathetic job of managing you can now see.Not to mention the Pap deal and the inability to see that trading prospects like Ross to get Chapman was the answer.

    • therealjohnc - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Mark, remember the adage: if you listen to dogs barking, you’ll go deaf and never learn much. Don’t let one negative comment trouble you, the other 150+ comments in this thread will tell you how you are valued in the community.

  111. rlndtln - Dec 11, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    No you are.Where did all the regulars go?Everyone could criticize me but I could not have my opinion and you were here when I predicted all that would happen and never said a bad word to anyone.All that got me was silencing.I know it was tough to face the truth of the ineptitude that left us with total destruction of a good team.We can not even over pay to get free agents with the cancer in our clubhouse.The team has destroyed a fine young man in Drew Storen for a punk like Papelbon.I believe in an open free dialogue and that is why so many left.

    • Doc - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:44 PM

      Free speech is one thing rindtin, garrulous garbage is another separate category.

      Grab some Prozac my friend—you’ll soon feel better.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 15, 2015 at 12:53 AM

        “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”

        ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

  112. Drew - Dec 11, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    For six years I’ve started my day wanting to know the answers to three questions.

    What was Mark Zuckerman thinking?

    What was he watching?

    Where was he going?

    I can’t believe it. He’s out and the game is over.

    Mark, thank you for your perseverance, your graciousness, your expertise and your wit.

    We will miss your work terribly until you find your next outlet and then we will happily follow.

    Best of health, happiiness and luck until we – all of us – meet again.

  113. water47 - Dec 11, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Mark,

    Been enjoying this adventure with you from the beginning. Loved the first years daily emails of various interviews and all the rest.

    Thanks,

    Water47

  114. murraythered - Dec 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Mark, and all commenters,

    I rarely comment, I think maybe 10 times in all 11 years. But I’ve read every article, and almost every comment, and check the site multiple times a day. Mark you and this site have been a big part of my life, you will be missed by this silent reader.

    One point I also would like to make — the readers comments. Love them! I will very much miss reading them as well. I strongly believe that the commenters on this site are the most knowledgeable baseball fans on any site in the MLB universe.

    Murray

  115. Scooter - Dec 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Enjoy your family. You’ve earned the break.

    I look forward to reading your work somewhere else, and kickstarting it if need be.

    Multiple outlets cover most Nats stories; yours was always the first, and often only, coverage I chose to read. Your writing and insight are both top-notch.

    Thank you. You’re a wonderful sportswriter and (as far as I can tell) a fine human being.

  116. Eugene in Oregon - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    One last request:

    Dear Mark: I hope you’ll share your HOF ballot and reasoning somewhere. Always a very thoughtful column.

  117. snopes1 - Dec 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    I bought a share of Berkshire Hathaway stock in 1990. But the best investment I ever made was the $50 (or whatever it was) I sent to Nats Insider six years ago.

    Mark, thank you.

    I am confident we won’t be without your insights, your courtesy, and your humor for long.

    Doug Herbert

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      +1 it was great having us submit questions to Mark back then and good interaction with NO trolls

  118. Doc - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    It was truly a great ride. Hope I meet you some day and thank you in person.

    We’re waiting for your reincarnation, MarkMeister.

  119. waddueyeno - Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    sigh…

    haven’t posted much this season, but can’t let this one go by.

    Mark – Thanks for starting the best sports blog in existence, and for keeping it the most civilized and respectrul of them all. The body follows the head, right?

    One memory:
    Getting ready to sing the anthem at the park after having (Mr. Shy) posted on here that i’d be doing so. I saw Mark walking by and said hi. “Are you waddueyeno? Nice to meet you.”

    Mark is a guy who read his own blog! Knew his posters! Even helped hook a bunch of us up together at Duffy’s to make a video of NCNatsie’s fight song!

    Like many, this blog has been my browser home screen for years. Hope you have as great a time with the family now that you’re done as we’ve had with you.

    GYFNG!

    – gene

  120. senators5 - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Thank you< Mark I can only ditto all of the kind words you have so richly received. The best to you when you again run the bases.

  121. natsrule - Dec 12, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Mark,

    Thank you. Like so many posters have said, yours has been my go to Nats read since the earliest days of your blog. I rarely post but have read most everything you have written – and much of what posters have written. Yesterday was a difficult day for we Nats fans – learning of your new plans along with Heyward choosing another team for less money. I’m feeling a little lost as your blog was a place to seek the baseball truth and sometimes comfort when things veered off the rails.

    Best of luck to you and here’s to hoping you re-emerge somewhere in the DC sports scene.

    Bill

  122. derwink - Dec 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Thank you for keeping a former Expo fan so engaged with the Nats. I remained a fan largely because of this blog. It was my first in the AM and usually only source of Nats info.

    Your ability to articulate and encapsulate player, manager, GM, fan, and commenter opinions was out of this world.

    Thanks and I wish you in balance in life.

  123. destcl - Dec 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Sad day. You did a great job, Mark, and you will be greatly missed.

  124. RickH - Dec 12, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    As an original “Viera or Bust” member, I want to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed Nats Insiider over the years. I’ve learned a lot about baseball … from you and from the commenters (granted that much of the commentary was contradictory, but that just gave me lots of different perspectives). Good luck in your future endeavors.

  125. Candide - Dec 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    For Mark’s twitter followers, note his twitter account address has changed; it’s now simply @MarkZuckerman. Looks like my follow to his CSN twitter account somehow automagically transferred over, but if you aren’t seeing his current tweets, you’ll want to check your follow status.

    Some things never change. 😜😆

    • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      I presume Mark was able to simply change his Twitter handle. I did that myself once on one account, after I figured out it was a thing I could do. I also noticed the new-old Mark in my timeline this morning.

      I’m very, very glad he’s still there in the Twitter as the Mark Z. I’ve been having NI-withdrawal for the past 18 hours or so.

      • Candide - Dec 12, 2015 at 12:21 PM

        Changing the HANDLE is no big deal – I know guys who seem to do it just about every week and the only way to keep them straight is to follow the avatar, and even that’s not a guarantee of consistency – I changed mine just yesterday.

        But I don’t think you can change your account ADDRESS – the stuff that follows the @ – without setting up a whole new account; that’s the one thing that’s supposed to stay the same no matter what you do to your name or picture. Names and avatars aren’t unique; the address HAS to be. So I’m curious how he was able to do it. I suspect he somehow set up an entirely new account with the new address and somehow imported all his followers. Shouldn’t be too difficult for the guy who invented Facebook, after all (…ducks, runs…).

      • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 1:47 PM

        No, you can change your @ name, just as long as it’s not otherwise in use. That’s what I discovered on one of my two Twitter accounts (the one from which I never tweet much). I had assumed the same thing you just mentioned, but a little experimentation set me straight.

        I simply logged into my account via the Twitter website (not through any app) and tried it. I was surprised it worked, but it did.

        You are right: the address has to be unique; but as long as nobody else has the one you want to switch to, you can use it.

        (I’m @davewordnerd on the account I use most of the time.)

      • golfersal - Dec 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        I assume that CSN has taken over Mark’s Nats insider twitter account and Mark can no longer post on it. So that is why Mark has his old twitter account and his personal email account.

        This is like a divorce which is a shame.

      • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        I’m telling you, guys, I really don’t think anything changed except Mark changed his Twitter ID. I’m pretty sure when he started his association with CSN I didn’t do a thing, and Mark’s tweets all of a sudden were under a CSN ID. I didn’t change who I was following, and I was still following Mark. Same thing happened today.

        I don’t think CSN “owns” his Twitter account; I think they just asked him to identify himself as a representative of CSN while he worked for them.

      • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 6:47 PM

        Having said that, if there was a separate Nats Insider Twitter account, then I was never following it. I have just been following Mark himself.

      • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 7:14 PM

        Indeed, in a tweet by Dan Kolko, I just clicked on the name @ZuckermanCSN and it led me directly to the profile of @MarkZuckerman. It’s one account.

  126. peewilly - Dec 12, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    So is Nats Insider going away or just Mark? I love Mark’s reporting and insight and hope he turns up somewhere else locally.

    I will really miss the community here, with very few exceptions the comments here are intelligent and do not become personal or snarky. Nats Journal at the WP has about a 5:1 ratio of flaming versus intelligence.

    • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      What I will miss about the Zuckerman Nats Insider is the COMBINATION of a lively and knowledgeable community with first-rate and very reliable journalism.

      If anybody knows where that can be found–a good community on a site where one can also get trustworthy reporting–i’m sure I and many others would like to know. NJ would be that if not for the high troll quotient.

      • Sonny G 10 - Dec 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM

        I’d like to know, also. NI has such a great community.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      It would seem the has been given its release and is now a free agent, but who knows? We haven’t heard from Chase yet; it would be a shame if he didn’t get a proper curtain call.

      Thanks, Chase. Thanks, Daniel Shiferaw.

      @Dave, there’s a fair number of the more interesting posters at the fan-run blog.

      • Dave - Dec 12, 2015 at 6:51 PM

        I will probably check into the other blog, but I will most definitely miss the inside-the-clubhouse, questions-at-the-press-conference aspect of Mark’s work.

        He called this blog Nats Insider, after all, and the point was that he was an insider. Indeed, except for Ladson, Mark wad the ONLY insider who was here from day one in 2005.

  127. RoadApples - Dec 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Many thanks Mark for your professional, cogent and salient Nats baseball analysis.

  128. section109dc - Dec 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    I haven’t commented in a long time, but have relied on and loved Mark’s blog for ages, and was one of the “Viera or bust” kickstarters. Damn am I going to miss NI!! We could always catch up with news delivered in a supremely knowledgeable and objective way, and we could also benefit from Mark’s own thoughts. And, as others have said, NI has kept in communication a great group of dedicated fans. Mark, I am very grateful to you for all you’ve done for us, and to your family for supporting you in what must have been an extremely intense job for all these years. I hope that you will return in one guise or another. And now I will actually have to figure out Twitter so as to follow you.

  129. sec112 - Dec 12, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Coming late to this disturbing news as I was traveling all day yesterday. I’ve learned a lot here from the articles and the comments, and it has certainly enhanced my Nats fan experience (though since I stumbled upon it in 2012, it has also made me perpetually behind in all my other reading!). Not sure it can be replaced, really. Going through the comments on this post it was like attending a reunion to see all the handles on one post. I’m grateful to Mark for creating the community and to the rest of you for filling it out. Hope to run into all of you again as we all find other places to read and write about our favorite team.

    Mark – what more could a writer want than to know his writing mattered so much in the lives of so many readers. You should be proud. Congratulations and good luck!

  130. Doc - Dec 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    I always thought that CSN had bought out Mark, and hired him to run it.

    Hard to believe a ‘billion $’ operation, as described by Mark, just closes down?????

    Maybe we haven’t heard the last word on NI??? If we have, it was still fun.

    • golfersal - Dec 12, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      I don’t think that this site is closing, it’s too profitable.
      What has happened is that CSN and Mark have parted ways, no idea why.
      When Mark started the site in 2010 he was getting paid nothing for doing this site and had to get advertising and do everything possible to make some money. CSN saw the site and liked it along with Mark and basically worked out a deal in which Mark got paid and in return either sold the site or gave it to CSN. It’s obvious that CSN own it and can do anything they want, with or without Mark.

      The sad thing is that Mark is a very good reporter and writer and this is something that will be serious missing from this site from now on.

      Without Mark it will lose it’s heart and soul and won’t be what it was for five years. I really don’t expect to see much on this site from now on. It will report Nats news that they found elsewhere and will no longer have the same editioral experience that Mark gave them. We will see, but I bet any about of money they won’t spend much in sending reports to spring training and just go through the motions. We saw this a bit in 2015 because Mark rarely traveled to away games, that’s the first sign that the site is just writing things that are seen on TV, MLB Network, ESPN and other web site. We won’t get the same personal reporting in which journalist ask the players and officials about the team and such.

      So maybe in the future we should rely on our news from Nats Journal, Federal baseball and Nats.Com.
      A shame.

      • Doc - Dec 12, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        I agree. This site will never be what it was with Mark.

        I remember in the early days when the Nats would take the lead whenever Mark left his seat to take some pictures for the site. In half jest we would remind him to get out of his seat and go down to the field so the Nats could mount a rally.

        Good times! I loved this site.

      • Sonny G 10 - Dec 12, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        I also agree with you golfersal. Especially about the heart and sole of this site. It can’t be the same without Mark and I will no longer leave this site open on my computer all day. I will wait until Mark resurfaces re the Nats and there is where I will go.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 13, 2015 at 7:04 AM

        I might have said it before, but as my late grandpa-in-law often said, it’s worth telling again.

        I came to Nats Insider to read Zuckerman. (Well, actually, to read and to pay for the pleasure of doing so back in the day. I wouldn’t have paid to read anyone else.). I am now without a go-to baseball site. No offense to other CSN writers, but it wouldn’t be the same. I’ll miss reading Mark, and I’ll miss all of my virtual baseball buddies here. Here’s hoping that he lands a new gig soon, hopefully covering the Nats. I will so be there to read him.

      • unkyd59 - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

        +1a…. Is there anywhere else you comment, with any regularity, dear? You lend a lot of class, to any discussion…consistently above the fray… Kind of a role model, for me…🙂

      • natsfan1a - Dec 13, 2015 at 1:27 PM

        Thanks, Unk. Back in the day I would comment on Nationals Journal and then on MASN, but NI has been my one site for commenting for quite some time. I may have to learn how to twitter (gasp), although I would probably require more characters than 140. 🙂

      • golfersal - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        One last thing that I worry about this site, a perfect example of them being cheap and not doing the reporting is that they have no stories from Nats Feast.

        Who knows maybe CSN will drop this site. If I was running it, I would not want to try and carry over someone else’s site. We saw this with ESPN dropping Grantland.Com when it became obvious that the site couldn’t be good anymore without the person that started it, ESPN got rid of creator Bill Simmons and tried for three months to run the site and nobody liked it, so they dropped it.

        So it’s a sad day and one that Mark had to know could happen when you sign a pact with the devil, sorry I meant a cheap company like Comcast Sportsnet a half a decade ago.

        Just have to hope that someone will be smart and hire Mark. I know that he no longer gives home team discounts and will cost a company a lot, but he is worth it. Unfortunately it’s looking more like CSN didn’t want to continue with Mark, thus by the writing that has come out of the site in the last three days things don’t look good for it’s future.

  131. markinarlington - Dec 12, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Mark and Imaginary Friends –
    Thank you and, as others have written, I will miss your insight and clarity in writing. You have built yourself a valuable brand and a loyal following and – having done it already – I suspect that soon enough you’ll be getting paid to continue writing about our favorite team and sport.
    This site may be done, but it’s memory shall be a blessing.
    Best wishes and chag sameach to you and your family.

    • thewerthwhisperer - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      Mark – Thanks for supporting my lifelong fanaticism with the beautiful sport of baseball.
      B’hatz/lacha (all the best) in the days ahead.

  132. Whack-A-Mule - Dec 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    ” . . .(A)nd we say goodbye .”

    Mark –
    You are missed already.
    My first stop upon login is always “NatsInsider”.
    Thank you for the six excellent years.

  133. Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    “+1a…. Is there anywhere else you comment, with any regularity,”

    Which reminds me, can anyone tell me what’s become of NatsLady?

    • Dave - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      NatsLady remains quite active on Twitter, under that user ID.

    • tcostant - Dec 14, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      You can read her blog here: http://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 15, 2015 at 12:52 AM

      Thanks, Dave and Tcos.

  134. Sunny - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Always liked your work Mark. Thank you and good luck.

  135. pausecoaching - Dec 14, 2015 at 4:32 AM

    Thank you Mark. You are a great writer and you will be missed.

  136. Serious Jammage - Dec 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I’ll be the latest to say thanks for the great writing and a genuinely decent commenting experience. Can’t say that about a (vast) majority of sports sites.

    Good luck and God speed to you and the family Mark, we’ll always have Game 4.

  137. nats106 - Dec 15, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    I keep waiting for a new article. First Mark. Now Howard Stern’s last day on XM is tomorrow. What am I to do?

    • TimDz - Dec 15, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/howard-stern-5-year-deal-sirius-xm-satellite-radio-1201661527/

      At least one of your concerns has been resolved.

      • nats106 - Dec 15, 2015 at 1:34 PM

        Yeah, I heard thanks. And what does that say about me? Same as it does about everyone else on this board. Get a grip and get a life. not necessarily in that order.

        Good bye all.

    • natsguy - Dec 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      What does that say about you?

    • golfersal - Dec 15, 2015 at 9:59 AM

      your dead wrong, Howard resigned for five more years.

  138. ijncricket - Dec 15, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I keep coming back here hoping that the end of Nats Insider was just a dream. Come on CSN, just give Mark back his site. Or perhaps you already settled on handsome terms. I hope so for Mark’s sake.

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 15, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      I keep coming back also, hoping maybe something will get posted. I can’t seem to help myself.

      • Susanfaulkner - Dec 15, 2015 at 8:28 PM

        I’m with you especially when they have stuff going on like trade talks. I want to know what’s true and what’s a rumor.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 15, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        I keep checking in, too. Maybe it could stay up and warm us over the winter, like a yule log (hat tip to the late, great Flynnie).

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 15, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        You’re not alone.

    • Mark Zuckerman - Dec 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM

      😦

    • veejh - Dec 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      The blog will never die!

      • Candide - Dec 16, 2015 at 1:18 PM

        You know, since CSN doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to kill the URL itself, there’s nothing stopping us from turning this post into the world’s longest comment section. True, it’ll be difficult to keep track of things, but that should be part of the fun (sorry, dude, I wasn’t trying to insult you – I was referring to JoeBlow’s comment 15 screens back…”)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 16, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        The thought occurs. But with nobody monitoring it, sooner or later the spambot zombies will find this page.

      • Doc - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        Very funny.

        That’s why I’m gonna miss you Candide!

  139. Candide - Dec 16, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    So what does everyone think of Trevor Gott? Put up pretty impressive rookie numbers for the Angels last season.

    • unkyd59 - Dec 16, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      I’m generally in favor of getting young talent, for the walk year of a veteran we were hoping not to use, anyway. Hoping Maddux can make a difference with all our young arms…

      • Doc - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        Starting with Treinan, I hope.

    • veejh - Dec 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Huge upside. Lots of years of control. I like the pickup.

  140. tcostant - Dec 16, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    I keep coming out here, just hoping to see another post…

    • Doc - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Yeah me too, tcostant. I guess it’s just a good habit gone bad.

  141. Joe Seamhead - Dec 16, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    You know, CSN could at least switch the 2015 final standings to the 2016 count down to spring training…. sigh…

    • natsfan1a - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      It doesn’t look like the Nats have report dates set yet:

      http://www.springtrainingconnection.com/reportingdates.html

      My own ST report date will probably be late in the second week of March. Hope that Mark might be back on the beat with some organization then.

      (Resumes staring out of window and waiting for spring.)

  142. NatsLady - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    I said my “good bye” to Mark on Twitter–although I hope it’s “Hasta la vista” and not “Adios.” Haven’t been writing much on baseball during the off-season, I’ve been covering the Caps for a fantasy site.

    Absolutely amazing to see so many names, familiar and not-so-familiar, in the comments.

    Rose

  143. Drew - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

    • therealjohnc - Dec 16, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Don’t stop him, he’s on a roll …

  144. ehay2k - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Anyone seriously think the Nats were looking to trade Gio to the Fish? I’m not sure I’d want to give up my only decent starting LHP unless I found a really big need. Not sure Ozuna fits any need? And was never a huge Yelich fan. Why trade within the division?

    • ehay2k - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      *filled a really big need

  145. realdealnats - Dec 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Mark trained us well. We all keep returning like stunned wildebeests to the watering hole.

    • chaz11963 - Dec 17, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      well said!

  146. Joe Seamhead - Dec 17, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    This really sucks. No other blog can really replace this, and there is certainly no other writer currently that touches Mark’s expertise when it comes to all things Nats.

    • veejh - Dec 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      Agree. I’ve been going through Nats withdrawal.

  147. slidell2 - Dec 17, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Wonder if Chase is still on board? That would be a clue as to whether CSN is going to keep NI up.

  148. langleyclub - Dec 17, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Pretty sure that Chase Hughes has reported Nats related news on CSN.com since Mark’s announcement. In the past, those reports would have been included on this site. The fact that those articles were not posted here leads me to believe that this site is going to wither away.

    Would guess that Mark will re-emerge by Spring Training or whnever his non-compete expires in another venue, but until then, not so good. BTW, there is no doubt that Rizzo has some deals cookin’. Stinks that there isn’t a great place to discuss them.

  149. Section 222 - Dec 17, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Chase is still writing for csn.com:

    http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/baseball-washington-nationals/talk/nats-analytics-moneyball-jayson-werth-anthony-rendon-ryan-zimmerman-wilson-ramos-bryce-harper

    So is Daniel Shiferaw:

    http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/baseball-washington-nationals/talk/top-prospect-lucas-giolito-will-join-nats-spring-training-mike

    Links to their stories appear on the right side of the page above the blogroll. One might think that CSN would have enough respect for this community to allow Chase or Daniel to post something here about what is to become of NI if anything. Or at least some kind of invitation to read their stuff and comment on it on CSN’s site. But maybe we didn’t click through to the CSN site enough for them to care about us. I’m going to cross-post this comment on Chase’s most recent story and will report here if anything happens there.

    222

    • Section 222 - Dec 17, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      I spoke too soon. CSN requires you to log in from your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or GooglePlus account, giving them access to your feed and your contacts. Sorry CSN, not gonna happen. WordPress is not among the authorized ways to comment as far as I can tell.

      Chase, if you’re reading, see if you can convince your corporate overlords to let us know what’s going on. As you can see, lots of folks are still checking this site.

  150. Doc - Dec 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    This is sorta like a ship wreck that keeps on floating!

    • natsfan1a - Dec 17, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Don’t let go of my hand!

    • Section 222 - Dec 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      Good analogy. What’s that movie? Ghost Ship?

      • Joe Seamhead - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Bada Bing, Bada Boom…

  151. Sonny G 10 - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    I’m still checking this site. Wonder how many posts this thing will take before it locks up!

  152. realdealnats - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    I say we just keep this site going amongst ourselves until Mark returns in another venue, if he returns.

    My questions:

    1) who is our left-handed bat?
    2) How do we deal with Storen/Papelbon?

    • Section 222 - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      My thoughts in brief:

      1) That’s the $64,000 question. Zobrist and Heyward were possibilities. Alex Gordon? Or a trade for CarGo or Blackmon?
      2) Get rid of both if at all possible.
      3) No. He’s damaged goods right now.

      • veejh - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        Let’s get Blackmon. Seems like he’s a perfect fit, no? Solves 2 problems and years of control.

  153. realdealnats - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    3) Should we pursue Chapman, given his situation?

    • Joe Seamhead - Dec 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      According to his wife, he’s a choker.

      • veejh - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

        There’s a joke in here that might not be appropriate.

  154. lesatcsc - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Anybody got a line on another good site? I miss my Nats Insider.

    • ArVAFan - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      You can try talknats and see if you like it.

      I will be posting my “what should be in the Nats Christmas stockings” on that site next week–already made arrangements with Ghost.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        Q.v., see Ghosts reply to Sonny in Ghost’s own comment above at Dec 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM for the elevator speech on talknats.

        Hey ArVA, maybe you could host a special post occasionally on that side? “ArVAFan’s Hot Stove” (or something with a better name), to give this conversation a spot.

        They do a fine job there, but they can get a bit more in-depth and technical than some of us here were accustomed to or maybe comfortable with.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        Oh, for an edit button. Delete the redundant q.v.

        *****EDIT BUTTON****** we never did get.

      • veejh - Dec 17, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        Sec 3…yup…I lurk but don’t post. Too much minutia, imho.

      • ArVAFan - Dec 18, 2015 at 8:33 AM

        I said before that NI was like going to a bar with your friends to watch a game (very lively, but with random drunks wandering into the scene). Talknats was like having a good dinner with the SABR folks: better organized, no random drunks, but sometimes the conversation was over your head.

        Since Ghost is willing to let me post the Nats Christmas Stockings as a story, and most people really enjoyed my reporting from Winterfest, including the non-baseball anecdotes, I think the site will evolve as people migrate there (there’s already one “Gulp, bang” after a “best 25 go north”. AND THERE IS AN EDIT FUNCTION! And the upvote button, which solves the multiple +1 posting issues.

        The secret to enjoying a website is to (1) not take it too seriously, and (2) the scroll wheel is your friend.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        Ooooh oooh ! I know the title for your blog-within-a-blog, ArVAFan — “Nats Inside-Out”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2015 at 9:24 AM

        You’re correct that the commenting will change as the different personalities come around. We definitely have a lot of SABR and analytical types.

        Also some of the “names” are different like ArVAFan is Laura Peebles on TalkNats.

      • therealjohnc - Dec 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

        And therealjohnc is JCCfromDC over there!

  155. RoadApples - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    re: possible Opening Day starting lineup.
    Presuming every Nat player is heathy and no additions to the roster:
    Batting order/Position
    Turner-4
    Rendon-5
    Harper-9
    RZimm-3
    Werth-7
    Ramos-2
    Taylor-8
    Espinosa-6
    Scherzer-1

  156. chaz11963 - Dec 18, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Looks as though the Nats are close to acquiring Phillips from the Reds. He could be our leadoff hitter, but still no lefty bat.

    • Joe Seamhead - Dec 18, 2015 at 8:47 AM

      I’m sure that move will make Dusty Baker happy. Not the guy I want to see as the leadoff batter.

  157. langleyclub - Dec 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Phillips cannot leadoff; his OBP over the last 3 years (.310, .306, .328). Phillips can still run the bases as he had 23 SBs last year and only 3 CS (he lead the NL in SB% last year). So, he plays better defense and runs the bases better than Escobar, but the Nats lineup will again be overly right-handed dominant without many high OBP guys (outside of Harper).

  158. Doc - Dec 18, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    The ghost ship, NatsInsider, is heading for the Land of NatsTalk.

    Capt. Mark and 1st Mate Hughes are not to be found.

    • chaz11963 - Dec 18, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      time to make for the lifeboats!

  159. gnashnails - Dec 18, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    NI mates, my naval aviator instincts tell me not to launch unless I have a sure carrier, a “friendly” landing strip that is suitable and available. I am clinging to this site, waiting for a consensus on where we are going. And when. Is it Nats Talk? Please help! I am genuinely nervous that the NI community will go away or be diluted and assimilated into obscurity… I will continue to gnashnails until we marshal elsewhere…

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 18, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      I just made my first comment on Talk Nats. I still will log into this site just to check on things unless it closes down completely, but I will also hang out at Talk Nats.

      • Joe Seamhead - Dec 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        I hang out and post wherever I feel inclined to do so, though my Nats blog post loyalty will always be to Mark Zuckerman first and foremost, and that doesn’t mean to CSN.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        Mark’s the best. Will follow his work wherever he lands (hope that it’s in Natstown).

      • Sonny G 10 - Dec 18, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        Same here, Joe and 1a

  160. natsfan1a - Dec 18, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    I have just dipped my toe in the talknats site.

    • section109dc - Dec 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      I’m going to try that one too, natsfan1a. I figure that enough NI folks will spread the word whenever Mark resurfaces. Boy do I miss him.

  161. philipd763 - Dec 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Why Brandon Phillips? I prefer Daniel Murphy, he swings from the left side and is five years younger.

    • Joe Seamhead - Dec 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      I am no Phillips fan, but Murphy is armed with a brick instead of a leather glove.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      Phillips is still a good contact hitter, tho he doesn’t get on base much otherwise, with occasional power, and still a very good indeed second baseman. Murphy’s price is artificially high from his having had a few good weeks at the end of the season.

      • Drew - Dec 18, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        Phillips still has value, but I hope the Nats aren’t dealing top prospects for a guy who’s 34.

    • chaz11963 - Dec 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      Murphy has a QO attached to him as well

  162. Drew - Dec 18, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Phillips still has value, but I hope the Nats aren’t dealing top prospects for a guy who’s 34.

    • veejh - Dec 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Maybe Goodwin?

  163. sunshinebobby - Dec 18, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    This blog kind of reminds me of golfer Payne Stewart’s last trip in that doomed private jet. We are just barreling through space, unimpeded by time or direction…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 18, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Wow. Happy holidays to you, too, Sunshine …

      • sunshinebobby - Dec 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        Same to you Sec 3…

    • Section 222 - Dec 19, 2015 at 8:11 AM

      That’s an even better analogy than Ghost Ship. Kudos.

      • sunshinebobby - Dec 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Thanks, 222. Hope to see you in ’16. Season’s greetings…

    • janebeard - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      FWIW– he was traveling to talk to an audience my husband booked him to address. Still stings.

  164. chaz11963 - Dec 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    I think it’s time to move over to Talk Nats. I will also continue to check back here occasionally for updates on the NI community and Mark. I think he’s sticking to Twitter for now tho

  165. Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Somebody calls you up and tells you something you already know.
    Sane people go crazy on on you and say “That’s not the deal we had; I got to go, I got to go…”

  166. Joe Seamhead - Dec 21, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    This whole Brandon Phillips trade “report” of a trade was another fiasco, in a long line of fiascos, by the press and internet blogs, in their asinine, childish game of feeling like they have to be first in reporting the story, even when the story is nothing more than a discussion.

    • Section 222 - Dec 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      +1 to that Joe. I’d be happy to just wait for the press conferences announcing signings or deals. The speculation and mis-reporting is dumb.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 22, 2015 at 12:43 AM

        And yet we are still checking a site that died and was laid to rest ten days ago, for any scrap of rumor or news.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 22, 2015 at 7:47 AM

        Aw, come on. It doesn’t hurt anything. We just haven’t quite let go yet.

        “And yet we are still checking a site that died and was laid to rest ten days ago, for any scrap of rumor or news.”

      • Joe Seamhead - Dec 22, 2015 at 9:19 AM

        I hope that the archives from NI stay available indefinitely. And though I sometimes enjoy going back and reading Mark’s columns from the past, I look forward to his future works, and can only hope that it’s baseball related, and Nats specific.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 23, 2015 at 1:14 AM

        Aw, come on. It doesn’t hurt anything. We just haven’t quite let go yet.

        Oh, I wasn’t criticizing. I’m obviously still here, too, after all. I was just pointing out that we are a ready and willing audience for all the speculation and mis-reporting.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 7:52 AM

        Oh, um, or in my case, misinterpreting. Heh.

        In other news, over 300 comments taken on and she’s still afloat cap’n.

        “Oh, I wasn’t criticizing. I’m obviously still here, too, after all. I was just pointing out that we are a ready and willing audience for all the speculation and mis-reporting.”

      • Section 222 - Dec 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM

        I’m not checking here for reporting or news, that’s for sure. Mostly to see if old friends have said anything funny and to find out if CSN will allow Chase to post an update on its plans for baseball coverage, or if they just want to consign Payne Stewart’s plane to dustbin of history.

  167. Another_Sam - Dec 21, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I keep coming back to this site. Sad.

    • janebeard - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Me too. Me too. Sad sad sad.

  168. golfersal - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    In a way just wish that CSN would just put this site in front of the firing squad and just start redirecting it to their own very sad and terrible Nationals website.
    It’s become a waste to have folks in the dark, hell I’m not coming back because it’s obvious that this site is dead. Such a shame to put something that so many folks enjoyed to death.

    • ArVAFan - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Please join us at TalkNats. A lot have migrated over.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 22, 2015 at 12:41 AM

        So when are you going to start a regular feature there that we can migrate to? “Nats Inside-out,” I humbly suggest?

      • ArVAFan - Dec 22, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        I like the Nats Inside-Out. Weirdly enough, I will be giving a brief talk (BNA Inside-Out) at the Heckerling Institute in Florida in a couple of weeks. Odd coincidence that you should suggest that!

        I suspect that Ghost will publish anything relevant I want to write, but since I don’t follow the non-Nats baseball enough to comment on proposed trades, I don’t have that much to say this time of year other than reporting from Winterfest, and planning for ST. Wait for the two trips to ST: you’ll probably have enough of me and then some.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM

        They have a whole institute for heckling??

        It was your “regular” stuff I was suggesting, the Winterfest and spring training posts. Anybody can crunch numbers. You have a voice.

      • natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        I don’t know about that, but I always found this site kind of amusing:

        http://www.heckledepot.com/

        (Oh, wait. That was a joke, right? Carry on. ;-))

        “They have a whole institute for heckling?? “

  169. kirbs3256 - Dec 22, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Old habits die hard, I have kept checking this everyday after lunch….

  170. senators69 - Dec 22, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Folks, we all miss Mark, and look forward to learning where he lands. Hopefully, providing insights into the Nats. Meanwhile, as others have stated, a group started the TalkNats website this summer, and it is rocking. Lots of intelligent Nats and baseball talk. See for yourselves! Best to all.

  171. scnatsfan - Dec 23, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Its like visiting a ghost town

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Maybe we could turn it into one of those theme parks, like Westworld.

      OK, bad example.

  172. Drew - Dec 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Nats sign The Onion, Jhonatan Solano, to minor league deal, per MLBTR.

  173. Section 222 - Dec 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Well here’s a reason to keep coming back:

    http://www.springtrainingcountdown.com/#sthash.31kIhIwk.OhCUrwe2.dpbs

    • natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Yay, and it has one of my fave quotations, too. Thanks!

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      Thanks, deuces. I’ve bookmarked that page. 🙂

      • natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 5:35 PM

        I did, too.

  174. Dave - Dec 23, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Zuckerman alert!

    • therealjohnc - Dec 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Hurrah! A MZ sighting!

    • natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 5:35 PM

      It was great to hear him talking baseball. Hope there’s more talking, and writing, to come.

  175. natsfan1a - Dec 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks for the heads up, Dave!

  176. Joe Seamhead - Dec 24, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Merry Christmas to all of the ghosts from Christmas pasts.

  177. unkyd59 - Dec 24, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Murphy for three years…..?

    • Joe Seamhead - Dec 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      Come on, Santa! I wasn’t Murphy bad…

    • veejh - Dec 24, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Let’s hope there isn’t a no trade clause.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 25, 2015 at 12:13 AM

        .That was the problem with Brandon Phillips — the Santo Clause.

        I never get tired off that one!

  178. Drew - Dec 25, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Murphy is a quality lefthanded stick, but a butcher at 2b.

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