April 27th, 2012

Friday: Tigers at Yankees

Jim Leyland had said after the Tigers announced the Brad Eldred call-up that he would be in the lineup Friday, and he is, at designated hitter. Don Kelly is starting in left field.

That takes away both positions where Delmon Young would have possibly started. Does that mean he won’t be at Yankee Stadium tonight? No idea. As of early Friday afternoon, he was still being arraigned in Manhattan.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Don Kelly, LF
  6. Brad Eldred, DH
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Justin Verlander

Delmon Young arrested for aggravated harrassment

Delmon Young was arrested early Friday morning outside the Hilton Hotel here in New York for an alleged assault.

A representative with New York City Police public affairs department said later Friday morning that Young was arrested and charged with aggravated harrassment in an incident that is being investigated by the hate crimes unit.

“There was some language used that we have to look into,” a police spokesperson said.

The spokesperson, who would not provide his name, would not confirm reports that Young was accused of using anti-Semitic language. He said if there was a hate crime, it would fall under the race/religion category.

The victim, a 32-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. Young was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment, reportedly to sober up, and was released to the police. He was being processed and awaiting arraignment Friday morning.

The aggravated harrassment charge is a misdemeanor. If it is deemed a hate crime, that could lead to a more serious offense.

The Tigers are staying nearby at the Hilton while they’re in town to face the Yankees this weekend. The team arrived in town last night after flying in from Detroit following Thursday’s loss to the Mariners.

The team released a statement Friday afternoon.

“We are aware of the situation. However, it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters,” the statement read. “As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB’s Employee Assistance Program.”

The Tigers were involved with the employee assistance program last year, when Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida and charged with driving under the influence. MLB issued a counseling program for Cabrera, including the presence of a sober companion.

Inge timeline

Some of them are dates on the calendar. Others are the statistics and milestone. Put them together, and here’s a chronology and a portolio of Inge’s Tiger tenure:

  • 6/2/1998: Tigers draft Inge, a shortstop and relief pitcher out of Virginia Commonwealth, in the second round of the MLB Draft. Inge signs later that month and reports to Jamestown in the NY-Penn League, where he begins his conversion to catcher.
  • 7/9/2000: Inge takes part in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Turner Field in Atlanta.
  • 4/3/2001: Inge makes his Major League debut on Opening Day in Detroit, starting behind the plate against the Twins with Jeff Weaver on the mound. Inge went 0-for-2.
  • 4/6/2001: Inge gets his first Major League hit, a double off White Sox starter Jim Parque in Chicago.
  • 4/28/2002: After opening the season at Triple-A Toledo and returning to Detroit April 22, Inge hits his first Major League home run, a solo homer at Comerica Park off Minnesota’s Brad Radke. Inge pulled the ball out to left over the old fence.
  • 5/7/2003: Inge hits his first two-homer game at Baltimore, helping the hapless Tigers pick up their fourth straight win.
  • 6/17/2003: Inge is optioned to Toledo with a .150 batting average. Future Tigers minor league manager Matt Walbeck and future Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch end up sharing catching duties.
  • 8/6/2003: Inge returns to Detroit and hits safely in his next 12 games. Aside from a 2008 rehab assignment, he doesn’t return to Toledo until 2011.
  • 8/24/2003: Inge hits walkoff two-run homer off then-Angels closer Troy Percival, ending Detroit’s 11-game losing streak.
  • 2/2/2004: Tigers sign Ivan Rodriguez. Inge becomes a backup catcher and utility player.
  • 4/11/2004: Inge makes his first start at center field as backup to Alex Sanchez.
  • 4/16/2004: Inge makes his first start at third base as backup to Eric Munson.
  • 4/23/2004: Inge becomes the first Major League player since Roger Maris in 1958 to triple and homer in the same inning.
  • 5/25/2004: Inge begins getting regular starts at third base while starting occasionally at catcher.
  • 7/26/2004: Inge collects first career four-hit game.
  • 5/8/2005: Inge leads off game with home run off Angels’ Jarrod Washburn, the first of four leadoff homers he hit batting atop the Tigers order part-time.
  • 9/26/2005: Inge becomes first player to hit three home runs in a season over Comerica Park’s center-field fence.
  • 7/25/2006: Inge hits career-best 20th home run of the season with a three-run shot off Paul Byrd.
  • 10/10/2006: Inge ties Tigers ALCS record with three hits in Game 1 at Oakland, including a solo homer off starter Barry Zito.
  • 10/27/2006: Inge becomes a highlight in Cardinals history as the last out of the 2006 World Series, striking out against St. Louis closer Adam Wainwright.
  • 4/29/2007: Inge hits walkoff homer off Minnesota’s Jesse Crain.
  • 7/21/2007: Inge hits walkoff homer off Kansas City’s Joakim Soria.
  • 12/5/2007: Tigers trade for Miguel Cabrera, who becomes Detroit’s starting third baseman. Inge becomes a backup, expected to be traded.
  • 1/28/2008: Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski acknowledges they’re not likely to trade Inge, who becomes a utility player.
  • 3/31/2008: Inge becomes Opening Day center fielder with Curtis Granderson on the disabled list.
  • 4/13/2008: Inge starts at catcher for first time since 2004.
  • 7/30/2008: Tigers trade Ivan Rodriguez to Yankees, make Inge starting catcher for first time since 2003.
  • 9/16/2008: Inge returns to third base, catching experiment essentially ends.
  • 4/6/2009 – 4/8/2009: Inge homers in first three games of the season, becoming the first Tigers player ever to do so.
  • 6/28/2009: Inge hits go-ahead home run with two outs in ninth inning off Astros closer and future Tigers teammate Jose Valverde.
  • 7/9/2009: Inge wins AL All-Star Final Vote for his first and only All-Star selection, having been promoted alongside NL candidate Shane Victorino.
  • 7/12/2009: Inge hits two homers against Cleveland, giving him 21 at the season’s All-Star break.
  • 7/13/2009: Inge goes homerless in All-Star Home Run Derby.
  • 8/14/2009: Inge hits walkoff homer off Kansas City’s Roman Colon for only run of 1-0 victory.
  • 9/6/2009: Inge hits go-ahead grand slam in ninth inning at Tampa Bay, the first for a Tiger that late in a game they were trailing since 1994.
  • 10/6/2009: Inge supposedly brushed by pitch with bases loaded in 12th inning of one-game AL Central tiebreaker at Minnesota, hit-by-pitch not called. Tigers go on to lose game.
  • 11/3/2009: Inge undergoes surgery on both knees to repair patella tendons.
  • 7/19/2010: Dislocated finger knocks Inge out of game and onto disabled list, one of three injuries to Tigers players in less than a week. Injury leads Tigers to trade for Jhonny Peralta.
  • 8/4/2010: Inge returns from disabled list, going 3-for-4 with an RBI against White Sox.
  • 8/24/2010: Inge collects 1,000th hit of big league career.
  • 10/22/2010: Tigers re-sign Brandon Inge to two-year, $11.5 million contract, just before he can become a free agent.
  • 4/13/2011: Inge hits walkoff homer off Texas’ Darren Oliver.
  • 7/21/2011: Tigers designate Inge’s contract for assignment after acquiring Wilson Betemit. Inge accepts assignment to Triple-A Toledo rather than elect free agency.
  • 8/20/2011: Inge returns from Toledo and homers in first game back.
  • 9/10/2011: Inge hits sixth career walkoff homer off Minnesota’s Glen Perkins, sending Tigers to eighth straight win.
  • 1/19/2012: On Tigers winter caravan, Inge tells reporters he plans on winning third-base job, which he’s expected to share with Don Kelly
  • 1/24/2012: Tigers sign Prince Fielder, move Miguel Cabrera to third base. Inge loses platoon job.
  • 2/16/2012: Jim Leyland announces that Brandon Inge will get chance to compete for second base job.
  • 4/3/2012: Inge opens season on disabled list
  • 4/14/2012: Inge activated from disabled list, pinch-hits against White Sox.
  • 4/16/2012: Inge makes first career start at second base, homers off Kansas City’s Danny Duffy.
  • 4/21/2012: Inge goes 0-for-7 in day-night doubleheader against Texas at Comerica Park, booed by many fans.
  • 4/24/2012: Jim Leyland: “If you’re [ticked] off because the Tigers are losing right now, personally I don’t think it makes sense to take it all out on Brandon Inge, because I don’t think that’s the reason the Tigers are losing right now.”
  • 4/26/2012: Tigers release Inge.