Our long, national nightmare appears to be at an end.
OT - Brandon Inge released today.
I'm very happy about this
Where on earth is Eldred going to play? Is he the new DH? I know he's killed the ball in Toledo at a ridiculous rate but calling up a 32 year old 1B who isn't even considered a prospect is a bit alarming.
Adios Binge, I'll always remember the shitty slogan they had when you walked up to the dish, "Inge-nious."
More than likely DH yes, dude has a hot bat (something the team sorely needs right now) hittin 13 HR already in AAA.
I know he's been killing the ball he's got 35 rbi through 19 games I believe, correct me if I'm wrong on that? I just think that the move itself shows some red flags, we are already stretching for a spark.
Ride him while he's hot if you can. They're not really losing anything by trying.
I hear you, but considering that our options for DH right now are Raburn, Dirks, and Kelly, I'll take it.
Delmon should be the DH everyday, I know ole smokes won't do it because he likes to keep his players happy but Delmon at DH and platoon Raburn/Dirks in left.
So what's the difference if Delmon Young is at Left and Raburn is DH or vice versa? Either way, Ryan Raburn is in the line-up. Getting someone who can hit at DH keeps that from happening.
I know everyone is down on Inge, but Raburn is like a younger, worse Brandon Inge, just without the salary.
Delmon has a turtle like stride when trying to field a ball out in LF, if he's DH'ing we now longer have to seem him waddle to flyballs.
I totally agree that Raburn is the pseudo Inge, but I still think playing Dirks against RHP and Raburn against LHP's is the better way to go.
This team still has plenty of holes, 2B, another lefty out of the pen, and most notably another starter. Who would of thought that Drew Smyly would be our 2nd best pitcher to this point. In no way am I calling for changes this early, but I would be very surprised if we ever saw Jacob Turner in a Tigers uniform again IMO.
Wait, what? Where did the comment about Turner come from? Are you saying you think they'll trade him?
Yeah, Delmon's not the best fielding LF in baseball, but hitting is way more important than fielding and Raburn can't hit a baseball. I can certainly deal with Delmon in left field full time if it means our DH can actually do what he's designated to do.
the stat WAR does a pretty good job estimating the combined worth of a players defense and offense together (with actually weighting the defense for what it's worth compared to offense). Despite what people think, Raburn is actually an above average defensive LF. Also, his current K rate of 18.4 percent is lower than his career K rate. His biggest problem is simply the balls he hits going right at defenders. Seriously, a .114 BABIP...even Inge wouldn't stay that low. Delmon is a horrific defensive LF. Delmon is worth 1.4 WAR...for his CAREER. Even Raburn has managed a 4.3. (To put those in persepctive, Verlander is over 33 WAR)
I really enjoy thinking that all of your comments are coming from the 80's stockbroker from Futurama. It takes them to another level. Great choice of avatar.
I don't why Tigers fan hated him. Guy was a winner. Give it ten years and the guy will be regared as a borderline Hall of Famer.
Are we talking about the same person? The same Brandon Inge who hasn't hit above .250 since 2006? The Brandon Inge who is a career .234 hitter? Is that the guy who you think is borderline Hall of Fame?
Sarcasm meter broken?
He edited his post and added that "Ha" after I had clicked reply. Before he added that, there was no way to tell he was joking. There are plenty of people out there who support Inge, and I thought he was one of them.
I think the fact that Inge and HOF were in the same sentence were a dead giveaway for sarcasm. Even the Inge yuppies aren't that crazy.
You are absolutely right. Tossing in the "ha" well after the post was originally up made it a LOT easier to tell it was a "joke" than the original unedited comment.
Kinda reminded me of my first wife. Whenever she would say something really stupid or emarrasing (which was unfortunately often) she would see the horrified reactions around her and then say "i was just JOKING....sheesh"
I didn't edit my post. I tried to edit it to fix a spelling error but got an 'access denied' page when I tried to save it.
Miniscule hiccup though. Let's move one with our day and think positive thoughts about the Tigers' hitting lineup.
You can't edit a post and add something AFTER someone has replied. The system won't allow it. Try it sometime . . . trust me on this. You just missed (as did I, on first reading,) the "HA!" below.
We're talking about the same guy. With those stats you mentioned, he found a way to earn an 11.5 million dollar extension. The man is highly regarded. Only hall of famers get those kinds of breaks.
Lifetime batting average of 234. Averaged 16 home runs and 68 RBI's throughout his 12 years in the bigs. Hit 287 once - only had one season higher than 261 in his 10 other years.
I know the steriod era has made the Hall change their admission standards somewhat but I kinda doubt he's a "borderline HOF" player.
The guy was average at best. He only stayed on the team because we couldn't find a third basemen. He's also the least clutch player ever,I've never seen a guy strikeout when he just needed tout the ball in play than Inge
Not a single dinger. I've maybe never been more embarrassed to be a Tiger fan. Nope, not even when Buddy Groom was a starting pitcher.
I respect Inge as a person and all he's done but everyone has their time and Inge had to go.
Best of luck to Inge, he had a good time for the most part and made a nice living.
the Madden Curse. Oh wait....
Good lord, the soul patch!
Looks more like a skid mark.
Its about time. I was getting sick of this guy wasting at bats. Best of luck to him but good riddance at the same time.
Inge had to go. It was getting ugly out there.
Edit: Before anyone jumps down my throat with, "It's getting ugly? It's been ugly out there maaaaaaan." I meant in terms of fans booing him mercilessly, Leyland having to answer way too many questions about it, media personalities raging about it, and Inge beginning to resent Detroit/the Tigers/fans/teammates. At some point the circus was going to start negatively impacting team chemistry and the play on the field. The Tigers made the right call releasing him now, rather than letting this drag on.
The Detroit fans were way too tough on Inge, but why would anyone expect better from the fanbase that wanted Sparky gone his last year or two?
I wish Inge luck in the rest of his career. He was the last Tiger player that I can't remember not being on the team, sad in that way but best for the team.
With him gone though, what will the 97.1 jocks have to talk about now?!?!
Classy quote from Inge after learning of his release.
Wow Kate I did the same dance when I heard this great news. We should hang out.
Its sad tigers fans resent him so much, he gave them a lot good years, some of them on very bad teams. Sure he was never a great offensive player, but before his knee problems he was pretty unique on defense. For a while he was capable of playing virtually every position on the field.
Not saying the tigers shoud've kept him now, just saying that fans shouldn't hate Inge, its not his fault the organization held on to him too long.
You mean like when he bitched and whined when the organization wanted him to catch again or be a utility player but he thought he had earned his spot at third?
I don't recall hearing about that, but I think that if that is the worst thing that can be said about him, then my point still stands.
This is pretty bad too - on the topic of strikeouts, Inge says:
"It's such an overrated stat. It's such a stupid stat. Once guys start worrying about striking out then they're going to strike out. They're not going to try and hit the ball with any authority." Although, to be fair, he is an expert on the subject.
This is why I hate Brandon Inge
“I can’t explain it,” said Inge, batting .242 with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. “I’m getting pitched like I’m Babe Ruth. Everything is on the corner. I haven’t seen a ball in the middle of the plate for a week.”
I don't hate him, I just thought he was a waste of a roster spot and money the last few years. I can't believe it finally happened.
From a purely production standpoint, dude had to go. Personally, he was a great guy for the city, the team, and the fans. I caught him on his Mud Hen "rehab" stint last season. In what should have been a really embarrassing situation for a long-time big leaguer, he was very nice, signed a ball for my kid, and hit two dingers. Always carried himself well, seemed genuinely humble and happy to be playing baseball. There's no way he deserved the kind of treatment (boos, laughs, etc) that our "fans" have given him this season. Amazing how quickly folks have gotten spoiled after enjoying their first division title since 1987.
NOOOOOOOO! I loved him on the team. It made it realistic to think I could train for a year, learn to hit 200 and make over 10 mil...damn him for ruining my dream.
This is bittersweet for me. He was the lone remaining player from the doldrums of the late 90s-early 2000s and was on the 119-game losers of 2003. He stuck through it thick and thin, and was highly-regarded as defensive player and a teammate.
On the other hand, he was borderline awful at the plate for most of his years.
Good luck to him whereever he goes. Atleast he got paid!
Santiago is now the Highlander
Through the good and the bad, one thing you can say about Ingey, was that he always gave his all.
I know every player wants to play every day, but after the Tigers got Prince, Inge was "not a happy camper" when he lost his starting job to Cabrera. That doesn't sound like the team player everyone makes him out to be. I'm guessing Boesch and Jackson and every other Tiger was jumping for joy when they got an All-Star slugger.
So now it's horrible to be disatisfied when you aren't doing at work what you think you have earned or are best at? Pretty sure we would all fit that model at some point. Any player has the right to keep fighting to have a great job. May have been his time to go - but the vitriol towards Inge is poor.
I applaud the Tigers for staying loyal to him as long as they feasibly could (well, perhaps a little beyond that point), for few other teams would have afforded Brandon Inge this luxury given the underwhelming production coming from him over several years. It seemed like his presence and his status were becoming a distraction, however, and for the Tigers to move on, I think this became a "must do right now" thing.
It's true what people have said here, of course - he was, at one time, pretty good on defense despite the extended slumps at the plate, and at a position where, for a long time, it was Inge and air (3B), keeping him was a fairly rational thing to do. Brandon Inge was, at his height, if you can call it that, a good defensive third baseman.
He did do everything he could to get playing time and stay in Detroit (I applaud that level of tenactiy - many people would have demanded a trade long ago) - even move to 2B for this season - but between the declining defense and the 2-for-20 bat this season, it just seems better to move on now.
All that being said, he did some great things for the area (his work with the University Hospital is noted, of course), and it was actually kind of cool that he bucked the trend in baseball and decided to move here and raise his family here (he lives near Dexter, I think). I wish him the best in the next chapter, whether it is baseball or not.
For the team, though, this definitely is:
But in all seriousness, at the end of the day Inge was a staple of not just the Tigers, but of Detroit. He stuck around for awhile during some really tough seasons. Emotionally, I'll miss the guy. Statistically, goooooood riddance and don't let the door hitya where the good lord splitya..
Rot in hell /s
Inge may have been a good guy, and no one who doesn't know him personally can really know, but it's baffling that he was re-signed in the first place let alone allowed to drag the team down with God awful performances. Having said that, the Tigers need a new hitting coach IMO. They just seem to hack away at everything, whereas you see other teams take a more patient approach. Maybe it's just me, but there doesn't seem to be much strategy at the plate quite often.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I have been asking for this day since 2006! I am so excited right now!
I never thought I would be so happy following a Tigers loss!
May have been better if opposing pitchers didn't "pitch me like I am babe Ruth"
Just got a little better! It's been a long time coming!
Lot of Inge hatred here. With fans like these, he definitely had worn out his welcome.
He only had 1 good year his entire career! F
watched him. Not sure what the brass is thinking. He has been hitting. Best case scenario .... trade bait in a package deal for a real 2B-man.
He was only hitting .100. 2/20. Not much trade value there, especially because it seems his defense has taken a step back as well.
Who would trade for him. We tried trading with the Phillies and they basically laughed when we mentioned Inge.
He was a favorite tiger of mine at one point. But at the end of the day Baseball is a business and the guy wasn't performing.
He still hit about 0.234 better than I would have in the big leagues.
Did you break both of your arms permanently. Hold your bat out and you would hit .100
To quote Bob Frost:
"...so Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay."
G'bye mate. Whether you loved or hated him, he was the last remaining bridge to the Higginson/Easley/Clark era and an everlasting part of Tigers lore.
Even though I do think it was past time that the Tigers made this move, Inge has been a classy guy, always doing what was asked of him. Thanks for the memories, Brandon.
But I thought he worked hard in the off season.
Full time Michigan resident (outside of Ann Arbor I think)
Big Umich fan
Great defensive plays
Yes, couldn't hit but he was scrappy and I respected the effort.
Best of luck in future endeavors.
You are a moron.
Good luck to him getting a front office position. There is no way he should be playing professional baseball anymore. Hitting 0.100 isn't going to cut it for Whitecaps let alone the Hens.
gtfo my team
Valenti...he called this just yesterday i think.
He got to talk one-on-one with Leyland and said he got the feeling something big would happen with Inge and soon.
He was right on.
He makes a stupid prediction daily and gets one right. Yeaaaaaah! So you're telling me there's a chance.
Sure is a good thing we let Polanco go, we didn't need his fielding excellence or his 320 batting average.....HA. One of the worst moves in recent Tiger history, despite the odd shape of his cranium.
The Temples of Doom.
I knew he had overstayed his welcome. He had to go, and I thank him for what he brought to the Tigers over the years, especially defensively. The worst part of this is that they put Clete Thomas on waivers to keep a roster spot for Inge, then release him 11 days later.