A person with knowledge of the negotiations says third baseman Brandon Inge has agreed to sign with the Oakland Athletics.
The career of perhaps the most divisive athlete in the history of Detroit sports came to an end when the Tigers gave Brandon Inge his unconditional release after the game on Thursday.
The timing might have surprised some but the outcome sure didn’t as the Tigers officially released Brandon Inge Thursday afternoon after a loss to the Seattle Mariners.
You knew it was bound to happen eventually. The question was when. The news that the Tigers have finally released Brandon Inge comes as bittersweet to those of us who have followed his career in Detroit over the past 12 years. He has had good seasons, bad seasons, and in-between seasons for the Tigers, the only team he has played for in his Major League Career.
“It’s one of those things you can see how they’re going before they come. My heart will always be in Detroit,” Inge said.
When I heard the news I didn’t believe it at first.
Brandon Inge is having a bad season so far. You could trot out any amount of numbers, they are all bad. No one is going to say that Inge deserves to be on the Tigers roster based on recent performance.
Champ: Drew Smyly for his first 3 outings as a Tigers starter and having a 1.13 ERA.
The boos were loud. The boos were embarrassing. But Tiger fans had the right to boo Brandon Inge.
In one of the great examples of clutch pitching you will ever see, Justin Verlander struck out Alex Gordon with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to close out a thrilling 3-2 win for the Tigers over the Kansas City Royals.