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Brandon Inge DFA’d by the Pirates

Jul 23, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Brandon Inge AP

Brandon Inge — a guy who has gotten more chances in the bigs than a lot of people ever thought he would — was designated for assignment by the Pirates today.

Inge hit just .181/.204/.238 in 110 plate appearances this year. Over the past three with the Pirates, A’s and Tigers he hasn’t been substantially more effective, though he has had some big hits on occasion.

Is that enough to earn him yet another chance? I sorta feel like it is, deserving or not. Some guys are just lucky that way.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Inge is an upgrade over Luis Cruz.

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I don’t have any idea how he keeps getting jobs. If any owner or GM is interested in hiring him, someone who loves them should just loop his fantastic WS super-error over and over on his computer screen to disabuse him of the notion the guy might not be that bad.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      That’s what they should do if they want to know why you hate him. If they want to figure out whether he’s any good right now they can just look at his stat line. Of course, he might bring some grit and TWtW back to the Tiggers, and 3rd base appears temporarily vacant….

      /ducks behind peanut shield

      • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        His stat line sucked the last two years, and teams still picked him up. Why do you think we cut him?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        My first guess would have to be that you have some serious dirt on Dave Dombrowski.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Actually I thought he must’ve.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        But if I had to guess whose dirt is dirtier I’m taking you every time. 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        How the eff does this get so many thumbs down?

        2011 — .197 avg, 53 hits, 74 SO, – 1.2 WAR
        2012 — .218 avg, 66 hits, 91 SO, .3 WAR (which benefited from improvement in Oakland b/c he was hitting under .200 and had a negative value when the Tigers cut him) — and he missed a good part of the season b/c his shoulder is screwed

        The best he ever played was 2006. I repeat, 2006.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Ask not for whom the thumb harpy thumbs. Or why for that matter.

      • ditto65 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        But he is good with the kids!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Think of the children!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        I’m sorry. I thought this was f*cking baseball. Did I inadvertently end up on the Royal baby post???

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM


  3. sleepyirv - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I’m only been vaguely aware of Brandon Inge so if I can ask a question- Wasn’t he a good glove catcher? Why did they move him off? Now he probably couldn’t be a backup with those sort of numbers but he would have a better chance.

    • spursareold - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      I think he had some knee issues that would prevent him from going back behind the plate.

    • pipkin42 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      I don’t remember that well, either, but I recall him being a good-glove 3B and a good teammate whose mediocre offense the Tigers could live with. Now that he’s gone from a mediocre hitter to a terrible one, he seems less worth it.

      • beefrank1776 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Inge was Pudges backup catcher, and it’s how he made the bigs. When Ivan retired he refused the full time catching job…..yes refused. That’s how he ended up a full time 3b, and in my mind a full time DB.

  4. mianfr - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Wasn’t he an All-Star once or something?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Well, he did whiff in the HR Derby once.

  5. modellforprez - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    well at least we know whats gonna happen. some team will take a chance on him out of desperation he will go in and have success. see wigginton, Brandon Moss, Nate Mclouth.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      But he won’t finish the season either due to injury or suckiness.

  6. patsbruin1021 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Next Yankees 3b n back up everything

  7. apkyletexas - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Giving Brandon Inge 110 at-bats was an absolute crime by Clint Hurdle. There were several games this year where opposing pitchers were more than happy to load up the bases prior to Inge’s at-bat — they were so certain of getting at least a weak ground-out, if not a strikeout.

    What Craig failed to mention is that Inge drew all of TWO walks in those 110 at-bats while striking out 32 times.

    He actually managed a 3-run homer in one game this year — which means that in the other 49 games he played in, he managed all of FOUR runs and FOUR RBI.

  8. steelers88 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    The collapse is on hold apparently. RAISE IT!

  9. xjokerz - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    dudes a bum, the Tigers better not bring him back

  10. pisano - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    If he’s 35+ or above he has a shot with the Yankees picking him up, also in his favor is the fact he’s under the Mendoza line, so he has that going for him as well. Yogi says: ” it’s never over til it’s over “

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