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Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:37 pm
Brandon IngeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

With Miguel Cabrera supposedly taking over at third base, Detroit's Brandon Inge is out of a job.

So, Inge is doing what people do when they get ousted from their job -- they look for a new one. In Inge's case, it's at second base. The Tigers may have two first basemen (and a third when Victor Martinez returns in 2013), but they don't have a proven starter at second base. Going into camp, Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn were expected to platoon at second.

Inge, 34, has started 924 career games at third base, none at second. He's also played all three outfield spots and started his career as a catcher.

An All-Star in 2009, Inge hit just .197/.265/.283 with three home runs last season. In parts of 11 seasons, he's hit .235/.305/.388.

"I'm going to play the best team, though. If you're the best second baseman and can produce, that's the way it is," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters on Thursday, including the Detroit News' Tom Gage. "I think it's good. It burt Brandon's bubble a little bit when [the Tigers moved Miguel Cabrera to third], but he thought about it and said, 'You know what? Maybe I can [adjust].' And if he's the best player, I'll play him."

Santiago, a switch hitter, started 40 games at second last season, playing 75 at the position. He hit .260/.311/.384 with five homers.

Raburn played seven different spots last season (DH and all the defensive spots other than catcher, pitcher and shortstop), starting 55 games at second base. He hit .256/.297/.432 with 14 home runs.

Inge is in the second year of a two-year deal and is still owed $6 million.

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:51 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Inge will be a 3rd baseman again by June.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:15 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

B. Inge should have never been resigned for the contract he has now with Detroit, 5.5 mil would have been a good chunk of money to sign a real 2B player who can hit. Detroit has had way to many over the hill players the last few years that do not add much value but get paid substantially just being on the roster.

R. Santiago is a utility player who can play 2B but has never been an everyday player. R. Raburn cannot play any one position good defensively and has proven that he can only play offense the second half of the season. His strikeout rate pushes 30%. I look forward to the day that Inge and Raburn are no longer with the Tigers.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:11 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

I think that that's a good move for Inge to compete for the 2B job for several reasons. One, the Tigers don't have a proven player that can play 2B on a everyday basis. Two, the Tigers gave several players the oppourtunity to seize the position,but no one took advantage of playing 2B everyday. Finally, the Tigers are paying Inge too much money for him to be just a "utillity player".

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:00 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

I don't give Brandon Inge ANY credit.  He cried, pissed and moaned when they moved him to catcher a few years back; when they really needed him there.  Let his bat do his bargaining for him.  We need someone that can hit at least .250 in the lineup - I don't care how good his glove is (and it's not all that great either).  Inge has been a huge hole in that lineup and if he can't hit, CUT HIM.  If the Tigers don't want to eat his salary, then let him help clean out the ballpark after the game for the money he is owed.  I'm not a huge Ryan Raburn fan, but at least he seems to come around after July and hits a little bit during the second half of the season.

BRANDON INGE - be thankful you are still in the majors as a backup because you are nothing more than a double-A player.   

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:36 am
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Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:39 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

If all players had Inge's heart, baseball would be a different game. I have always liked his character, attitude, hustle, and ball players heart. I hope he can land the second base job even with stats that point elsewhere. He makes the beleivers want to believe and the doubters holding their breath with their stance. I have confidence with him at the plate and in the field where with other players I don't. I think Inge brings a special pride to the team and game he plays. He has taken everything pro and con handed his way is a positive light and done everything the Tigers have asked of him. That is an example of pride, spirit, and honor in what you do. Good luck Brandon. 

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:01 am

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

You really need to give Inge a lot of credit, he has done anything and everything possible to continue his career. 
Very few guys can go from behind the plate to any other position other than first base, but the fact that he has played the outfield and 3rd base successfully is impressive. Now to consider playing at second is gutsy considering it is a completely different job learning how to perfect double plays and all the other little things you need to know covering bunts and other odd plays. 
Sure, he had a horrible season last year hitting under .200, but he could have a rebound year if he gets a chance. It's just really nice to  see how he loves baseball, and would try anything to try and contribute and stay in the game.  

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