What do they do with him when he comes back?
What do they do with him when he comes back?
There goes the AL Central!!
I think Inge should be the new mascot. Then he's still close to the club and we don't have to watch him struggle at the plate.
It seems like they are just prolonging his demise.
Is it just me or does he seem like he is extremely out of shape, even since last season?
You couldn't be more wrong. He spent the offseason with Barwis. He is in the best shape of his life. He looks like he put on weight, because he did, in the form of muscle. I'm not defending him at all, as I think he should be cut. But to call him out of shape is asinine
I guess it just seemed like he looked "fat" and was really slow. You may be right that he has more muscle and that groin injury probably had a lot to do with it.
Becoming more muscular does not increase chances of injury, it should decrease it.
I meant that the groin injury was probably why he looked slow when I watched him play.
Lifting weights actually can put a lot of strain on your tendons and reduce overall flexibility. I wouldn't say it reduces incidence of injury.
That's definitely a myth. It puts tension on tendons and, in turn, makes them stronger. With proper range of motion flexibility will increase. Injuries occur from muscular imbalances that should be corrected from proper evaluation followed by corrective exercises.
What you say may be true in theory, under optimal conditions, but even with supervision, it's common for athletes to lift too much too soon and put their tendons under excessive stress. Just look at the number of MLB players that injure their groins/hamstrings each year.
I'm not sure the point you're trying to get to. I groin or hamstring injury do not occur at the muscle-tendon junction, they typically occur in the belly of the muscle. It's theoretical that an injury occurs from a muscular imbalance, it's proven. More then likely, he is lacking proper glute activation and the groin is trying to take over and it can't, so injury occurred.
Is it possible that Barwis is not quite the revolutionary we think he is?
This post currently has a score of 4. I wonder what it would have had in the summer of 2008?
It could be an aging baseball player in a fast-twitch sport getting hurt. Martin and Molk seemed to do okay at the combine
Leyland says he will start at 2B vs LHP. This is bullshit. They say he hits better vs LHP than RHP, which is true, as he hits .220 vs LHP and like .130 vs RHP. But Santiago hits .320 vs LHP. It doesn't make any sense. I don't care how much money he makes. I don't care how much community service he does. I don't care how much Illitch likes him. He needs to be gone. He's not a good player anymore
This +1000000000000000000. I feel bad for Santiago he has stayed loyal to the Organization when he knew he could have left and probably got more playing time somewhere else but he didn't go and they continue to disrespect him by putting guys at second out there who are not as good defensively or offensively for that matter. He's a pretty good defender and when given the opportunity he has shown he can hit when needed. He deserves to be the first player off the bench to get playing time if something were to happen to Jhonny or Raburn (or whoever is at second)
I am now the Tigers starting left fielder. Please cheer for me as I bunt to a .220 average.
Waste of time and money, cut his ass already. The teams loyalty to this clown is ridiculous, he was never that good.
Putting him on the DL is just delaying the inevitable.
He's worth keeping around for the sole reason that many fans inexplicably like him. The number of people wearing "INGE" jerseys at Comerica is unbelievable.
...the smart business decision would be to cut Inge so that those fans need to buy new jerseys. Or maybe those fans just need to grow up since adults shouldn't be wearing jerseys anyhow (unless they are Buckeyes, of course).
Also, I can't believe Inge has lasted this long. I thought he was done after the 2002 & 2003 seasons when he batted .202 & .203 respectively. The team was dreadful back then and it would have been the perfect time to drop his saggy stats as the Tigers were beginning to climb out of the cellar.
Adults shouldn't be wearing jerseys? Have you ever been to a college or professional sporting event?
I loathe Inge.
Just Kidding. I love you Brandon.
But you aren't a major leaguer anymore.
They're just keep BINGE around to groom him to be Leyland's replacement.
I'll take Brandon Inge for 100 MGoPoints.
That said, the constant line about how he hits better than his BA shows is getting old. It's true, he does seem to make pretty good contact pretty often, but he just can't hit the gaps anymore.
Good Lord. This assclown has been over his head since '07. And not only did the Tigers resign him, they continue to hope and pray that he might be able to hit one day and keep parading him out there. Blind loyalty is what kills franchises. Thankfully the rest of the roster is in good shape but he needs to go. Like...three years ago.
What is things people shouldn't say unless they're in high school.
Best player in the league.
This league you are referring to, would it be the frontier league?
You know spring has sprung when the weather starts to warm, leaves start appearing on trees, and people start bitching about/defending Brandon Inge.
(Seriously though, there shouldn't even be a question about what to do with a soon-to-be 35 year-old who hits .200 at best.)
Whether he really does end up platooning at second or if he is indeed eventually released from the Tigers, you would hope that - whatever happens - he is at least somewhat grateful that the Tigers have given him - quite literally - every opportunity to find a viable place in the organization. I don't know how many teams would have given him second, third....fourteenth chances. The club has been extremely patient with Brandon Inge, but personally, I think the end may finally be nigh for the Inge era (if not now, then likelt sometime this season). I think the acquisition of Fielder and moving Cabrera to third was a signal that time was growing short and that the offer of time at second base for Inge was pretty much a last ditch proposition.
Brandon Inge goes on the DL...Physically unable to perform?
I wrote this elsewhere, but I'll put it here, too.
Inge had 76 total bases last year in 103 games. Delmon Young, in 40 games as a Tiger, had 77, in about 170 fewer AB's (~300 AB's vs about 130 for Delmon).
Inge was 13th on the team last season in total bases. The only guys who were below him were guys that hung around a month or two (Sizemore, Worth, Guillen, etc).
Only Omir Santos had a lower OPS than Inge last season, regardless of at bats, and excluding pitchers in interleague play.
They cannot defend putting Inge in the lineup. They just cannot do so with any integrity. It's over. The days of putting in a .135 hitting-Ray Oyler (SS on the '68 Tigers, for those of you that don't know) in the lineup are long over. You have to be able to bring something to the table when you come to the batter's box.