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Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:37 pm
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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: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

anyone that dont believe it, just go look at the errors cabrera made in 2008......on the tigers website they have a few of them...4 to be exact out of the 5 i guess he had.....every error was the throw....and every throw was catchable......people have to remember that carlos guillen was trying 1B for the 1st time......prince fileder would of made every scoop at 1B that guillen didnt.

also on MLBTV they had cabrera ranked as the BEST 3B by two of the analysts and 4th by another.......mike lowell who was a great defensive 3B had cabreras ranked number 1...as he said its about that first step at 3B....not so much about the range.....he also went on to say that cabrera will transfer better to 3B than hanley ramirez because hanley has never played there before....take it for what u will


also why does it seem the yankee fans are all over the tigers stories....someone still steaming?????      



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:41 am
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Muttz, you conceniently omit 2008, the year Cabrera officially lost the 3rd baseman spot. He was absolutely terrible at the position that year (14 , 5 errors) and the move to first was very logical. It allowed Miggy to put on mass and blossom into an all-time great slugger. 

Now 3 years later they are expecting him to move back across the diamond with the same body type and expect good results? Miggy is a first baseman, and its his team. Prince better enjoy some the time at DH. 

I'm not saying Miggy is going to win a gold glove at 3rd base, heck I'm not even saying he'll do well at 3rd base defensively.  But don't you think a 14 game stint 4 years ago is a fairly small sample to judge a player by? 

And by the way, what do you know about Miggy's body type?  Do you hang out with him all winter or see him on a regular basis?  Last I heard the guy has been working out on a daily basis for months with a trainer he hired and is dropping some weight as well, getting ready for the season and for 3rd base.

Regardless of what you and many others think of these people they are still world class athletes..  Some are bigger then others but you don't get where Miggy is if you're not athletic.  And if you watched the Tigers play enough games last year you would have noticed Miggy had his best year defensively at first base, he was very good actually.  Granted, 3rd base is a different game altogether but don't be surprised if he surprises some people this year.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

The Tigers  a playoff spot every 10 years and think they are a good team.They are lucky they play in the Central because any other division they would be lucky to finish in 2nd base.I don't think there has ever been a worse defensive team in baseball maybe ever.Cabrera will suck at 3rd,Perralta has no range,Inge or Rayburn are slow too and Fielder is a big guy.And there OF is not much better.The Tigers will score alot of runs but with no team speed and no defense they will need to .

DLOPEZ IS BRIAN8BALL BOYS.  Those of you who used to chat with Brian8ball know how obnoxious he becomes.

It's the same guy for sure.  Anti Tigers and Lions posts, pro Yankee posts, anti Pats posts..... it's all him.  He tried to change his writing style but he's way too stupid to do it right. 


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:05 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

All the national MLB experts talk about how big the defensive decline will be at 3rd base for the Tigs but lets be honest...Inge did make some spectacular plays there but when looking at his numbers, they are not all the different from Miggy's during his playing time at 3rd. Inge, for some reason, is one of Ilitch's favorites but the guy is a whiner not a winner. What professional athlete goes above his bosses head to ask for an opportunity to play a position. The rumor is Inge went to Dombrowski and asked if he could try-out for 2nd base before going to Leyland...what a joke Inge, your time is done.
Just look at the last 3 years that Cabrera has played 3B compare to Inge, and you would see that Inge defense has got an lot better while Cabrera got worse. Cabrera won't ever be considered a good defensive 3B, can Cabrera play 3B good enough not to be a liability is the question.


 I think the best move is have Fielder or Cabrera DH, but that depend who is the better defensive player. Then When Martinez return have him play 3B or return him to be the everyday Catcher, I know that Martinez never played 3B but I figure he can't do worse then Cabrera



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

I could not agree more!!
 



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:42 pm
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Wow,I'm so sick of this fringe major league ball player thinking the Tigers or anyone else owes him anything!!  If he wasn't already signed for this year he would be begging the Astros for a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.  Please hurry up and hit your .200 with your home run attempt long strikeout swing and be banished to toledo once and foreall!!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:51 am
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

conveniently ugh



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:50 am
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

Muttz, you conceniently omit 2008, the year Cabrera officially lost the 3rd baseman spot. He was absolutely terrible at the position that year (14 games, 5 errors) and the move to first was very logical. It allowed Miggy to put on mass and blossom into an all-time great slugger.

Now 3 years later they are expecting him to move back across the diamond with the same body type and expect good results? Miggy is a first baseman, and its his team. Prince better enjoy some the time at DH.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:56 am
 

Inge to compete for Tigers' 2B job

All the national MLB experts talk about how big the defensive decline will be at 3rd base for the Tigs but lets be honest...Inge did make some spectacular plays there but when looking at his numbers, they are not all the different from Miggy's during his playing time at 3rd. Inge, for some reason, is one of Ilitch's favorites but the guy is a whiner not a winner. What professional athlete goes above his bosses head to ask for an opportunity to play a position. The rumor is Inge went to Dombrowski and asked if he could try-out for 2nd base before going to Leyland...what a joke Inge, your time is done.

Miguel Cabrera

2003: 34 games, one error 2004: Did not play third base

2005: 29 games, two errors 2006: 157 games, 17 errors

2007: 153 games, 23 errors 2008: 14 games, five errors

2009-11: Did not play third base

Brandon Inge

2003: Did not play third base 2004: 73 games, 12 errors

2005: 160 games, 23 errors 2006: 159 games, 22 errors

2007: 150 games, 18 errors 2008: 51 games, one error

2009: 161 games, 20 errors 2010: 144 games, nine errors

2011: 99 games, nine errors





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