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Inge now wants to play second, Leyland hopeful

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08:16 AM ET 02.17 | A venerable Tigers player is on the verge of another reinvention. Brandon Inge, second baseman? Tigers manager Jim Leyland arrived at spring training Thursday afternoon and immediately delivered the camp's first major news: Inge has asked to compete for the starting job at second base, and that's fine with Leyland, even though Inge has never played the position in the majors. "I hope it works out," Leyland said. "If he's really good defensively at second and can hit, it makes us better. I can use (Ryan) Raburn in left and use Delmon (Young) at DH, and vice versa. ... It's pretty interesting. I want to give it a fair shot. I don't want Inge to say, 'I didn't get a fair shot.'"

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February 17, 2012  08:54 AM ET

You've gotta hand it to Inge, the past 2 seasons he's found himself the odd-man out at his position and he has found a way to stick with the team. Moving from Catcher to 3rd, and now moving from 3rd to 2nd.

February 17, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You've gotta hand it to Inge, the past 2 seasons he's found himself the odd-man out at his position and he has found a way to stick with the team. Moving from Catcher to 3rd, and now moving from 3rd to 2nd.

It shows a lot of heart and passion for the game.

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February 17, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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Someone playing the game for the love of the game? Or looking to keep a paycheck?I'll chose the first one - because that will make me feel better.....

Nobody wants to lose their paycheck Lou.

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February 17, 2012  11:03 AM ET

Pizza-Pizza, he's worth a least 2 Franchises with that move, Go get um Brandon!!!

February 17, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It shows a lot of heart and passion for the game.

or it shows that it's better than having to get a real job.

February 17, 2012  12:16 PM ET

inge would had to proved other wise!!!

February 17, 2012  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You've gotta hand it to Inge, the past 2 seasons he's found himself the odd-man out at his position and he has found a way to stick with the team. Moving from Catcher to 3rd, and now moving from 3rd to 2nd.

He's only managed to stick with the team because last year and this season he will $5.5 million per year. If he made $500k they probably would've cut him as he posted a .197 average last season. Some Tigers (not myself) love this guy, but for tooo many seasons now his bats has been just awful and his defense declined alot in 2011 at 3rd. I would rather see Santiago and Raburn play there. Seriously .197....just awful

February 17, 2012  12:24 PM ET

Tigers "fans" I should have said...... a vocal minority love the guy, despite his terrible stats. He had some solid years, he's done which he proved in 2011.

February 17, 2012  12:43 PM ET

i find it very difficult to believe he can be a passable second baseman.

February 17, 2012  12:51 PM ET

Leyland said the magic word IIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFF he can play defence and IIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFF he can hit, he can win the job. Since it has been 2-3 years since he has done either, Leyland is not holding his breathe. He palys hard and gives it all he has so yes its refreshing. But he is just not that good anymore.

February 17, 2012  01:04 PM ET

guy just wants to play...

February 17, 2012  01:32 PM ET

I am so freaking sick of this Inge thing.
Want to start Inge?
Hit the freaking ball.
If you cant do that be happy as a late inning defensive substitution.

You're no Omar Vizquel.

February 17, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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Leyland said the magic word IIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFF he can play defence and IIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFF he can hit, he can win the job. Since it has been 2-3 years since he has done either, Leyland is not holding his breathe. He palys hard and gives it all he has so yes its refreshing. But he is just not that good anymore.

correcto-mondo! leyland's giving him a shot in which most people believe he's earned but the bottom line is his usefulness in the bigs has probably come to a close.

February 17, 2012  06:48 PM ET

Great idea from Inge, I hope he wins the job. He's been down the last few years offensively but he still makes some dazzling defensive plays which may be needed more than ever this year with Cabrera and Fielder in the field. He's switched positions before- pitcher in college, catcher, then third. Good luck notorious I.N.G.E!!

February 17, 2012  06:59 PM ET

Inge is awful. Let him play 2nd in Japan if he wants.

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February 18, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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I am so freaking sick of this Inge thing.Want to start Inge?Hit the freaking ball.If you cant do that be happy as a late inning defensive substitution.You're no Omar Vizquel.

Don't be so hard on the guy.

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