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The Tigers give Brandon Inge his unconditional release

Apr 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Wow, this is pretty big. From the Twitter feed of the Tigers’ media relations dude:

This isn’t big because Brandon Inge is big — he’s pretty insignificant, baseball-wise these days —  but because he’s probably the single most polarizing player in the world of Detroit Tigers fandom. He’s one of those rare guys who is still beloved by many despite possessing little if any of the value he used to possess as a player.  Which, in turn, makes more analytical fans go nuts.  Wanna start an argument among Tigers fans? Just voice a strong opinion about Brandon Inge. He’s a player cum mascot about whom no one can be rational.  If you don’t believe me, go check out this thread over at Bless You Boys soon.  It’s bound to be nutsy within an hour or two.

But now he’s gone. As well he should be. He’s 2 for 20 on the year with no walks. He hasn’t had a useful season in a couple of years. He hasn’t had a good one in, like, seven.  With Miquel Cabrera at third he has no defensive value on this team. He has been playing some sub-par second base because, well, because he has to be somewhere. Or had to, anyway.

You may remember Eldred from some brief time with the Pirates and Rockies a few years ago.  At the moment he’s absolutely raking at Toledo:  he’s 31 for 80 with 13 — 13! — homers in 20 games so far this year. Of course he’s also 31 years-old, has been at triple-A for seven years and plays first base, so it’s not like he’s going to change the season.

But he can hit. Inge can’t, and that’s why he’s now gone.

(Thanks to Michael M. for the heads up)

  1. darthicarus - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Now that Inge is gone I have nothing to complain about for the Tigers lousy play, regardless of if the bad play was Inge related or not. DAMMIT

    • pestiesti - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      We’ll always have Raburn.

      • nflfollower - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        I think we all realize raburn is the new Inge. Hopefully be doesn’t last as long though.

  2. eddieapoc - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Took long enough.

  3. rexbeatsoff2feet - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    His name should be Brandon Outge

    • El Bravo - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Bam! Got him. Well done.

  4. mgv38 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    DON’T Come Back, Little Sheba.

    • mgv38 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      It’s been a Picnic.

      • pbsenerchia - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Think they bought him a plane ticket, or just dropped him off at the Bus Stop?

  5. thom4msu - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I was a fan but good to see him out. Felt bad for him in the end with all the hating he took.
    I’d love to be in his shoes- retired at 34 with millions in the bank and another 5 due this year.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    And there goes the last player from that disastrous 120-loss season. Godspeed, Inge.

  7. bbk1000 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I almost remember Mike Francesa loving this guy over David Wright…I could be wrong….

    • frank433 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Ramon Santiago was on that team too, and is still around. Granted, he was traded then brought back.

  8. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    OK, since he played in games during 2012 but not a full season, does that mean he isn’t Hall of Fame eligible until 2016 or 2017?

    • genericcommenter - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      I’m pretty sure that, due to the special circumstances, they will just let him go the front of the ballot in 2013.

  9. gordiehowehattrick9 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Good riddance crInge! We won’t miss seeing your check swing strikeouts.

  10. ningenito78 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    He came on the mascot?

    • crashdavis99 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Yeah, it was a case of premature Inge-jaculation! :-P

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