Inge was overrated for virtually his entire career with the Tigers. Yeah, he played hard and got dirty and played a lot of positions, blah blah blah. I like him as an individual.
But he was/is not a good offensive baseball player. He strikes out too much, hits for a low average, and doesn't have the power to make up for it. Detroiters loved him for being a Tiger, not for his abilities as a player.