Brilliant first post! Welcome to these boards.
I'm with you on Inge. I want that guy in, even if he hits .010! I would rather lose with Inge than win the World Series with him on the bench. I mean, right?
The last 2 years Inge and Santiago have the same OPS.
Neither one have much upside anymore (for Inge he has no upside), but Santiago has something left than Inge has.
He is brilliant man with lots of well thought-out, practical, ideas. Oh yes, and his personal hygiene is above reproach.
If you <sucked at your job and had the Fing nerve to whine about losing your job to someone who is 10 times better than you are, would you not pull an Inge? How dare DD trade for Cabrera or Prince when all we need is for The Brandon to put on 20+ pounds of pure power hitting bulk.
You are just a hater. Like me.
<They should keep him to put butts in seats and for late inning defense and spot starts against lefties. They're going to be paying him $5.5 million regardless, and releasing him does nothing but throw that money away. The 25th guy isn't going to make or break the Tigers' season. If he does, the Tigers are in trouble. >
Please tell me you're joking I couldn't disagree more with EVERYTHING you said.
1. Detroit's attendance at home will be just fine without Inge around. This isn't Gordie Howe or Barry Sanders we are talking about where we go "I saw a GREAT LEGEND play today." It is more of "I saw Brandon Inge strike out and make a ridiculous error today." That won't put my butt in a seat and I bet even the biggest Inge fan on earth would not boycott going to Comerica Park either. I can think of about 3 guys right now that Tigers fans would run up to the gates to pay for a ticket (Cabrera, Fielder, Verlander). Inge isn't one of them.
2. There are better options for spot starts against lefties. And the spots he is competing for have a righty in front of him (Raburn, Cabrera) or a switch hitter (Santiago).
3. I don't care how much he makes. If the guy is hurting the team at the plate and in the field as has Inge, I am not going to put a guy who is making $5.5 million out there to LOSE. That is just bad business.
4. 25th guy shouldn't be the "make or break" player the Tigers need. But I want THE BEST 25 PLAYERS ON THE TEAM. Simply put. If Inge is less than 25, then he should not be on the team.