By: Holly Horning

It is only appropriate as we gear up for another year of baseball, my blogging partner, Kurt Snyder, and I are launching our Totally Tigers blog.  And just in the nick of time, too.  The time between big trades and spring training is infamous for producing a plethora of “sunshine and lollipops” articles churned out by the media.  But we are a new breed of cat.

We’re going to cover that vast area between reporting player moves and game scores.  During the year, we will analyze the personnel, positions, payroll and hopefully, playoffs.  We’re going to go beyond the mainstream information; dissecting moves and motives while posing questions to make us all think. And Kurt and I will cover them all; every day, every month, except for those late night West Coast games and possibly Christmas Day.

Baseball is that glorious game that appears so simple on the surface but deep down, it is as complicated as chess. All the pieces are dependent upon one another and strategy both on and off the field is formulated with the present and future in mind. Thus, much of what we see cannot be taken at surface value. Sometimes, we have to wait in order to see the true worth. Wouldn’t a crystal ball be nice to have!  But where’s the fun in that?

If you haven’t had the chance to read our mission statements in the ABOUT section, we hope you will. We look forward to having you ride shotgun on this adventure with us. With apologies to Daniel Webster and a nod to Brad Ausmus, I think it only appropriate to close with Webster’s famous quote referencing Dartmouth College. We hope you will feel the same way about us.

“It is, Sir, as I have said, a small (blog). And yet there are those who love it!”