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(Re)-welcome your new overlord: Rob Rogacki!

Gregory Shamus

Your friendly deputy editor is now your benign overlord: Rob Rogacki is taking over day-to-day operations of Bless You Boys effective, well, sorta immediately but right now he's gallivanting around northern Europe.

Rob is a familiar face and has been a contributor for years. He knows BYB, he knows *you*, he knows the Tigers and he knows baseball. I couldn't think of a better person to take over for me. He's going to do a great job. I have the highest amount of faith in him.

I'll still be around. Consider me editor emeritus, if you will. So much of what I did for BYB was in the background in the past year or two, and I didn't write nearly as much this season as in the previous eight that I blogged about the Tigers. (Yes, this was my ninth season, a great baseball number.) I'm tired. I need to recharge mentally a bit more this time than in the past. So it felt like the time to hand the reins. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to writing a little more in the future even. But for now, a much-needed break.

Thanks to everyone who's read me and supported me over the years. It's meant a lot. It's truly appreciated.

And now, a word from Rob:

First off, I would like to thank Kurt for all that he has done while at Bless You Boys. Under his guidance, we have grown into one of the biggest baseball sites on the SB Nation network and a model for other sites to follow. Even with his decreased presence on the front page, the site continued to flourish thanks to his hard work and guidance. We have an excellent staff in place, and I am honored to lead what I feel is the most talented group of writers on our network.

I would also like to thank a couple of other people, whether they read this snippet or not. Thank you to Justin Bopp, Steven Goldman, and the rest of the SB Nation MLB staff for having the utmost faith in me to lead BYB. Thank you to Brian Packey of Detroit Bad Boys and other various publications around the internet for giving me my big break in the blogging world. And thank you to anyone who has read, commented, and critiqued my work over the past few years. Without you, I would not be the writer I am today.

As for BYB, the one question you may have is: "what's going to change?" In a word, nothing. We are still striving to be the best site on the internet for coverage of all things Detroit Tigers. We may not break the news, but we want to be the best at covering it whenever it feels like breaking. From initial responses to analysis to future speculation, we want to be a one-stop shop for Tigers baseball.

Now, how long until Spring Training?