Detroit Tigers: Brandon Inge Given Outright Release by Team

J Cook@JCookBRCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

It seemed almost inevitable, Brandon Inge's days were numbered in the Old English D. CBS Sports baseball insider, Danny Knobler, has confirmed that the Tigers have released their most veteran player this afternoon in the wake of a series sweep-loss to the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. 

Inge was one of the most loved players in Detroit over the past decade, but a lack of performance last season and a continuation of his poor play this spring left the Tigers with little other choice.

Inge was hitting an even .100 for the season, notching only two hits in 20 at bats. His fielding percentage after making the move to second base was .967 for the season, as he committed one error.

The Tigers have called up Brad Eldred from Triple-A Toledo to replace Inge on the roster. Eldred has been red-hot for the Tigers' minor league affiliate. He's hitting .388 with 13 home runs, nine doubles and 35 RBI in just 20 games.

Inge's career in Detroit is one of the most storied one in the organization's history. He was with the team in 2003 when they lost 119 games and were the worst team in baseball—and he helped lead them to the World Series just three years later in 2006.

Although Inge was an All-Star in 2009 after a scorching hot start to the season, he failed to produce following that Midsummer Classic break and has spiraled downward ever since.

Coming into this season his career stats were less than stellar. In 12 seasons with Detroit his batting average was a paltry .234, with a .304 OBP and a soft .387 SLG. His .975 career fielding percentage leaves little to be desired for a player that was always known for his glove more than his stick.

Inge will finish his career with the Detroit having been to the peak and back but he may have waited too long in the hearts of some Tigers fans and instead soured their final reflection on his career. This move has been a long time coming for the Tigers organization, fans should take comfort in knowing they finally pulled the trigger and made the move that had to be made.

 

Bleacher Report Featured Columnist J. Cook is a member of B/R's MLB Content Team and contributes regularly to the Detroit Tigers team page. He also covers key sport interest stories for all of Detroit's major sports teams.

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