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Vacation time

Nov 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Given the year-round nature of the baseball season and offseason these days, there's never a perfect time for reporters to go on vacation. But we all need our share of time off, especially after the long and very eventful season the Nationals just experienced.

So I'm punching my time clock today and heading out of town for a little while to spend some quality time with Mrs. Z on a beach in a much warmer climate than this. I'll return at the end of next week, hopefully tanned, rested and re-energized to cover the real meat of what should be an eventful offseason for the Nationals.

Obviously, there are several potential stories that could break in the coming days. Davey Johnson's contract to return as manager next season is all but finalized and could be announced sometime today. Adam LaRoche will likely decline the Nats' $13.3 million qualifying offer before today's deadline (though that doesn't preclude him from re-signing with the team this winter). And Bryce Harper, Johnson and Gio Gonzalez are all finalists for BBWAA awards that will beRead more ยป

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Have fun Mark!

  2. Gonat - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Have a great vacation Mark & Mrs. Z!

  3. natsfan1a - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Have fun, Mark and Mrs. Z! I promise we'll be good while you're gone. :-)

  4. Joe Seamhead - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Some beach..somewhere…Sounds great,Mark. Have a blast. When you get back the countdown clock will have moved well into ever dwindleing double digits!

  5. NatsLady - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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  6. NatsLady - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Have fun, read some non-baseball books, splash away, Mark. Love da beach.

  7. MicheleS - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

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  8. MicheleS - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Have fun, you and Mrs Z deserve a nice long vacation. (Hopefully Baby Z will give you some time to enjoy for just the 2 of you)And Chase is in charge!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Chase you know that Mark feeds us a lot, so we expect the same from you!Mark, we will try not to drive Chase nuts, but I suspect that he will want a vacation after you come back. Poor guy doesn't even have Hockey to distract him.

  9. natsfan1a - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Hope that Baby Z will be with loving caregivers who will spoil him in the manner that he truly deserves. ;-)(Hopefully Baby Z will give you some time to enjoy for just the 2 of you)

  10. Don - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Have fun!!

  11. bigfitzva - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Enjoy Mark, you know the Nats will sign 4 or 5 players in your absence. LOL

  12. Doc - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Substitute teacher in the classroom.Time to wad up the spitballs!Have a fun time MarkMeister!!!

  13. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    btw as a member of BBWAA, is mark voting for any awards?

  14. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Wear sunscreen. Have a blast. Promise we won't drive the car over 55 while you're done.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Hope you enjoy St. Thomas! Whoops, was that a secret…..I promise, no stalking! LOL

  16. Laddie Blah Blah - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    You've earned it Mark. Enjoy.

  17. Feel Wood - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… btw as a member of BBWAA, is mark voting for any awards?If so, he already voted since those ballots are cast at the end of the regular season. It's up to him if he wants to reveal those votes after the results are announced.

  18. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    yeah, I get that FW. Just wanted to know what categories he is voting for.

  19. SonnyG10 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Enjoy your vacation, Mark, Mrs. Z, and baby Z. I'm sure Chase will take good care of us while you are away.

  20. SonnyG10 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Okay Chase, how about a new controversial post to get the party going!

  21. staring out the window - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I believe Mark said earlier he was in for MVP. I could be remembering that wrong.

  22. Kevin FSU - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Have a good time Mark

  23. staring out the window - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Wait, Mark voted for MVP last year, so that can't be right, but is probably what I'm remembering.

  24. sm13 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Enjoy the warmth and quiet , Mark. There'll be plenty of baseball news waiting for your return.

  25. LoveDaNats - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Have fun, Mark! Take Mrs. Z out for some lovely, romantic dinners. Try to remember what you talked about before Brian was born. :)

  26. SlowPitch63 - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Enjoy your time off, Mark.Let's Play Two!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games

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