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Tigers DFA longtime third baseman Brandon Inge

Jul 20, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that the Tigers designated veteran third baseman Brandon Inge for assignment following Wednesday’s loss to the A’s.

The writing was on the wall for Inge when Wilson Betemit was acquired from the Royals on Wednesday afternoon for two minor league prospects. Betemit is expected to take over starting duties at the hot corner and should be able to provide Detroit with far more offense than his predecessor.

Inge, who turned 34 years old in May, was batting just .177 with a .483 OPS and only 10 extra-base hits in 239 plate appearances this season. He should clear waivers and has informed the Tigers that he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Toledo.

Inge has spent all 11 of his major league seasons with Detroit, at first serving as a catcher. He twice slugged 27 home runs in a season and appeared in one All-Star Game. In order to make it back to the Motor City by the end of this summer, he’ll have to go on an absolute tear with the Mud Hens.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    I had no idea he was 34 years old. He looks 24. I am disappointed in this, because he is a great ambassador of the game, and a hero to many kids. I saw a special report on him, and on game days, he visits kids in cancer wards. He lets them write something on his arm, then they get to watch him on TV that night with the message still on his arm. How exciting and uplifting it must be for those kids. In an era of classlessness, most notably by the Mets who wouldnt visit injured vets in the hospital because “it was too gross”, Detroit lost a true humanitarian.

    Good luck Brandon Inge, and keep up the good work. No matter what you accompished while you were in uniform, what you do out of it is far more necessary and impressive.

  2. kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    That is quite a chunk of change they are sending down. Still owed 6Million next year.

    • stinkythumbs - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:31 AM

      Team option for 2012 that would only pay him $500,000 if they cut him loose.

  3. yankeesgameday - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    I always loved the way inge played the game. The guy was clutch and I was always worried if he came to the plate against the Yanks in an important spot.

  4. thefalcon123 - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Is Brandon Inge the only player to make two errors on one play in World Series history? I would assume so, but there is no real way to look it up.

    In case you don’t remember, in 2006, he botched a throw home for error number one, then stood in the baseline and Scott Rolen ran into him, and was awarded home for interference for error #2.

    • deepstblu - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:32 AM

      Willie Davis of the Dodgers made two errors on one play in the 1966 Series (and three errors in one inning).

  5. jabberwock3 - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    The “handwriting was on the wall” when he proved unable to field his position with authority, as he once did. He was kept around to protect a Jhonny Peralta with limited range at shortstop. But he has become a sieve there as well. After a bad error on Tuesday night, he actually shrugged. Not the kind of gesture that a dude who can’t hit his weight should make. You have been a class act for years, Brandon, but, as you have taken the demotion so readily, you knew it was time too, didn’t you?

  6. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    As much as I hate watching Wilson Valdez get thrown out by ten steps on a GIDP, he might still be more useful than Inge.

    • monkeyjuice313 - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      You mean Betemit?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        He was referring to the inevitable talk of the Phightins picking up Inge for third while Polly’s eating crackers.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    That crying you hear is the pitching staff in Detroit. Seriously, they have one of the worst defensive teams in baseball, and now they swap Inge for Betemit. I suppose they had to do SOMETHING, but this does not seem like it will really help.

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