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.

15 Comments

oh how far we’ve come since Eric Munson!

also my son (named Leyland) was born on the day we sent brandon down to toledo (7-21-11)….

Thanks for the timeline Jason

Thanks Jason! I think it’s good to remind some people around this town that Brandon was a big part of the Tigers resurgence and had many big moments. And I was embarressed and uncomfortable at the games were Brandon was getting booed and while I’m happy I won’t have to hear that and I think it was time, I’m sad how it ended!

Hey Shark, sec 104, row E, seat 7. I have the same seats when the Pirates come to town on 5-18. Jason, I also thank you for the timeline. Now can we put in the same line up for a while and forget the lefty righty thing? Go Tigers!

Delmon got arrested in New York.

Just got a text from a friend Delmon Young was arrested for assult at 2:40 am in NYC outside a hotel. Taken to the hospital for detox than booked. Nice this team is falling apart quickley.

Alcohol is poison for some people. He and his brother both seem to have that allergy. He hasn’t looked too good lately and maybe this is why……drinking. I’m sure his teamates know the deal.

It’s all over the news now. They had to sober him up before he was taken to the police station.

Ugh – when will these guys learn. First thing I thought too was oh oh, same issues as his brother. I guess Eldred might have been good thinking since he was dh for us off and on

Well, we might see him in the lineup for a while.

not see

In a contract year. Yikes.

The Freep is calling it a hate-related crime. Something about anti-semetic. Of course, at this point Delmon doesn’t know what he said. He must have been close to alcohol poisoniing if he had to be hospitalized first.

This is truly fantastic. Thanks for putting this online :)

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