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Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

Mar 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge:

Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts and strength and agility training. He claims to be in the best shape of his life. “I was embarrassed by last season [when he hit .197 and was sent to Toledo], so I decided to kill myself, come back and try to hit 25 home runs.”

A health claim and a performance claim all in one. That’s a solid BSOHL right there.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Where you at kopy?

    • kopy - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Tired after a cross-country road trip/move. I’ve been way out of the loop the past half-week, but hopefully we’re caught up. The ones I was going to add matched Craig’s list from Twitter Q’s plus Barney and Inge:

      Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

      Darwin Barney – CHC
      Brandon Inge – DET
      Matt Diaz – ATL
      Shin-Soo Choo – CLE
      Bryan LaHair – CHC
      Mat Gamel – MIL
      Joe Saunders – ARI
      Danny Valencia – MIN
      Chris Davis – BAL
      Brandon McCarthy – OAK
      Anthony Swarzak – MIN
      Billy Butler – KC
      Mike Moustakas – KC
      Russell Martin – NYY
      Jason Grilli – PIT
      Jed Lowrie – HOU
      Logan Schafer – MIL
      Lance Lynn – STL
      Phil Hughes – NYY
      Bill Hall – NYY
      Yadier Molina – STL
      Evan Longoria – TB
      Brett Cecil – TOR
      Freddie Freeman – ATL
      Brian Wilson – SFO
      Jason Heyward – ATL
      Casey McGehee – PIT
      Chris Tillman – BAL
      Franklin Gutierrez – SEA
      Miguel Olivo – SEA
      Miguel Cabrera – DET
      Justin Smoak – SEA
      Dexter Fowler – COL
      Jaime Garcia – STL
      Miguel Tejada – FA
      Aubrey Huff – SFO
      Vicente Padilla – BOS
      Carlos Zambrano – MIA
      Yonder Alonso – SD
      Mark Teixeira – NYY
      Dmitri Young – FA
      Yoenis Cespedes – OAK

      • okobojicat - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        By Position
        C – Molina, Martin, Olivo
        1B: Cabrera, Teixera, Butler, Alonzo, Freeman (injured), Smoak, Huff, Dmitri Young (FA), LaHair, Gamel, Davis,
        2B: Barney, Inge
        SS: Lowrie
        3B: Longoria, Moustakas, McGehee, Valencia
        OF: Fowler, Heyward, Cespedes, Guitierrez (injured), Diaz, Choo,
        UT: Hall, Tejada

        SP: Padilla, Saunders, McCarthy, Zambrano, Garcia, Cecil, Hughes, Swarzak, Tillman,
        RP: Lynn, Wilson, Grilli

        Lineup 1:
        Fowler – CF
        Heyward – RF
        Longoria – 3B
        Cabrera – DH
        Teixera – 1B
        Cespedes – LF
        Martin – C
        Lowrie – SS
        Barney – 2B

        S1: McCarthy
        S2: Garcia
        S3: Cecil
        S4: Hughes
        S5: Zambrano
        CL: Wilson

        I think we can safely say that 1B and 3B are apparently regularly out of shape and need to get into shape for the season.

      • cur68 - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        …aaaaand team BSOHL just took one giant step backwards in team batting average. Thank you Brandon Inge.

  2. atworkident - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Inge will be back at 3B soon enough. Prince and MCab will rotate between DH and 1B… that is really what is best for the team.

  3. l0yalr0yal - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    He may be in the best shape of his life, but he looks like a Jerry’s Kid in this picture.

  4. El Bravo - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    This is a REAL BSOHL story. I mean it’s as explicit as it gets. All the other BSOHL folks take note and recognize!

  5. lorddarkhelmet - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Inge is always in good shape, he just sucks at hitting

  6. philliesblow - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    “I was embarrassed by last season [when he hit .197 and was sent to Toledo], so I decided to kill myself, come back and try to hit 25 home runs.”

    Lord help us Brandon if that’s really your plan. The Tigers will be better off if you hit .250. The HR’s will come from other spots.

    On another note, not only is this a BSOHL story, it could be the first time a player has resurrected to come back and play.

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