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Prince Fielder Signing Likely Final Nail in Brandon Inge's Coffin

Prince Fielder returning to Detroit likely spells doom for longest-tenured Tiger.

I feel bad for Brandon Inge.

During the Detroit Tiger’s annual Winter Caravan, he said he had “a new mindset” going into the 2012 season; said he had re-invented himself as a third baseman.

In an article in the Detroit Free Press, he said, “They didn’t sign anyone this offseason. I’m taking that as a compliment.”

Whoops.

You know what they say: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Believe me: We were just as shocked as Inge was (I’m sure) that the Tigers came out of nowhere to land Cecil Fielder’s son.

And with the first Spring Training game 37 days away (as of January 24) I think the Tigers are going to do everything in their power to put Miguel Cabrera at third and Prince Fielder at first, which will likely spell the end of Brandon Inge’s tenure in Detroit.

With Cabrera and Fielder in the field, that will allow the Tigers to insert Gerald Laird’s big bat as the DH … just kidding. Did I fool you?

For real, though, with both of those sluggers playing in the field, the Tigers could put Raburn in leftfield and insert Delmon Young as the DH. They upgrade defensively with Raburn and put a solid bat in the DH.

Of course, the Cabrera-At-Third Experiment could go horribly wrong, in a “He’s Alive!” type of scenario. But I do think the Tigers will try it.

Last year, Inge batted .197 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI in 102 games.

Let me repeat that: Last year, Inge batted .197 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI in 102 games.

You think the Tigers won’t try to upgrade this position?

It’s been a good run with Inge, the once can’t-miss catching prospect out of Virginia Commonwealth. His 2006 season was one of the better feel-good stories in a year that was full of them at Comerica Park. But baseball is a business. And if you don’t perform, you will be replaced.

If the Tigers didn’t make a splash in free agency, yeah, I think Inge would’ve been our starting third baseman on Opening Day.

But with the addition of Prince Fielder, Jim Leyland has many more options to beef up the lineup.

I just don’t see Inge as one of them.

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mike smith February 10, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Crew He really is a nice guy,have you seen all his tattoos ?
mike smith February 10, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Stephanie Try to hit a 95 mile fast ball,or catch hard line drive, these guys are athletics and people pay to see them preform
mike smith February 10, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Absolutely just think how much was pumped into Detroit by having the super bowl,all start game it sure the businesses hotels etc
mike smith February 10, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Nice, we can agree to disagree but be nice about it
stephanie pytlowanyj February 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Mike, regarding your comment below, you are still missing the point <sigh> Try to hit a 95 mile fast ball,or catch hard line drive, these guys are athletics and people pay to see them preform

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