WASHINGTON — A recognizable part of Washington Nationals home games will not be returning for the 2016 season, as in-game host Mike Ploger announces he is leaving the team.
According to a post on his Twitter account, (@Ploger):
Dear Nats Family, https://t.co/pDovIN2M9n—
Mike Ploger (@Ploger) December 17, 2015
Dear Nats Family,
The time has come that I say I’m leaving the organization to pursue my dream of being a sports broadcaster.
It seems like yesterday I received the call to become the in-game host, and I never imagined I’d make the relationships that I did. Every last person at Nationals Park – fans, ushers, security, execs, NatPack of course, you name it – made me feel loved and there’s no other feeling quite like it. You made my job the absolute BEST, and Nats Park became my home. I can’t even begin to explain how much I’m going to miss being there come April.
Thank you for your kindness, and I can’t wait to be back at the park sitting amongst all of you as a fan. For now, I head to Toledo, Ohio, to become a sports reporter/anchor for NBC24.
Thank you, all! Go Nationals!
Until next time.
According to his LinkedIn, Ploger joined the team in January of 2014, serving as in-between innings host for fan contests, Presidential Races and other various festivities.
Best of luck to Mike, wherever his future endeavors lead him.
Here is a montage of his best interviews, including one with former Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III and several of 106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies: