Brandon Inge Released, Ramon Santiago Left to Carry On the Legacy of the 2003 Tigers Alone

Tigers bid adieu to one-time mainstay. (Detroit Free Press)

As you probably heard, long-time Tiger and lightning-rod-for-controversy Brandon Inge was released following Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners:

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Tigers’ Phil Coke Doing Good Work On and Off the Mound

Note to bullies: don't mess with Phil Coke. (US Presswire)

While most Tigers fans enjoyed the scheduled off-day following a difficult four game series against the formidable Texas Rangers, left-handed reliever Phil Coke was doing important work—but not on the pitcher’s mound. Tonight, Coke testified in front of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, and shared his his own history of childhood bullying.

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Around the Horn: Links Round Up for 4-21-2012

  • Justin Verlander The Fourth Time Through The Order – Matt Snyder takes a look at Verlander’s OBP against the fourth time through the order.
  • Appreciating the Near Greatness of Magglio Ordoñez – Aaron Gleeman takes a look at Magglio Ordoñez’ terrific career.
  • The Troll King Returns in a Huge Way – Rogo of Designate Robertson takes apart another Bill Simonson piece.
  • A Graphic Look at the Window to Win: Detroit Tigers – David Fung of Beyond the Box Score takes a look at the Tigers’ window to win—in graphic form.
  • Tigers walk-up music: Listen to the players’ songs – Steve Byrne of The Detroit Free Press presents some of the Tigers’ entrance music selections, with assistance from DJ Lee J.
  • Victor Martinez return in 2012 remains possible – Kurt Mensching of Bless You Boys writes about an unlikely-but-possible 2012 return for Victor Martinez.

  • PRINCE FIELDER STEALS SECOND BASE – So, Prince Fielder stole second base and Detroit4Lyfe has a gif to prove it.
  • Lately, in cartoons. – Samara of Roar of the Tigers details the recent Tigers-related goings on, in Terrible Cartoon form.
  • Austin Jackson’s New Approach At The Dish – Packey of Walkoff Woodward writes of Austin Jackson’s new approach.
  • Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer on realizing he did not have his glove: ‘I was panicking’ – Max Scherzer left his glove in Detroit on the recent roadtrip and almost had a panic attack. Baseball players are silly!
  • Justin Verlander’s Ninth Inning Heat – Bill Petti at Fangraphs takes a look at “Verlander’s ninth inning heat,” and compares him to CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez. The results of Petti’s research are interesting.
  • A Letter to Justin Verlander – Walkoff Woodward’s Josh Worn responds to Petti’s piece and comes to some conclusions of his own.
  • Down on the Farm: Stock Up – John Verburg of Motor City Bengals looks at some Tigers minor leaguers whose stock has risen recently.
  • Down on the Farm: Stock Down – Verburg also looks at some minor leaguers whose stock has dropped. (see: Oliver, Andy)
  • Looking at Small Samples – bobrob2004 looks at players’ stats the first week and a half or so of the season.
  • Spring 2012 Tiger twitter rankingsPhilCokesBrain of Twitter fame posts his 2012 Tiger twitter rankings. Yours truly come in at #50!
  • Brandon Inge Is Annoying But Not Worth Your Rage – Grey says, save your rage for something/someone more deserving, like Jim Leyland’s bullpen management or Daniel Schlereth!

  • What Have We Learned This Week? – Grey takes a look at the first week of Tiger baseball.
  • Snapshots From the Opening Series – Yours truly shares some shots from the Opening Series against the Boston Red Sox.
  • Tigers and Royals Make a Miner Move – The Tigers reacquired one-time Tiger Zach Miner for cash considerations.
  • In & Out: Tigers Option Daniel Schlereth to Toledo – The Tigers also optioned Daniel Schlereth to AAA Toledo after the first game of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday.

    Non-Tigers news:

  • Former High School Classmate Attempted to Extort Carl Pavano With Threats of Exposing “Emotional and Physical Relationship” – Carl Pavano of the Twins was recently the victim of a bizarre extortion scheme.

  • Tigers Option Andy Oliver to Toledo, Cost Blogger Cheap Pun

    The Tigers optioned fifth starter candidate Andy Oliver to Toledo this morning, narrowing the current field down to Drew Smyly and Duane Below and, unfortunately, costing this blogger a cheap pun at Oliver’s expense (had Oliver not been sent down, I would surely have titled a blog post “Oliver to Dombrowski: Please Sir, May I Have Some More”).

    What this means about the race for the final spot in the rotation: who the hell even knows? The Tigers won’t need a fifth starter for a little while, and may even option Smyly and/or Below to Toledo as well, so that they can go with an 11-man pitching staff.

    There has also been a little talk on Twitter of the Tigers possibly making a trade, but this appears to be nothing more than speculation from Detroit News writer Tom Gage, who spotted Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland talking animatedly and decided to write about it, which then sent the unwashed masses into a frenzy.

    It does not appear that a Brandon Inge/Andy Oliver for Joe Blanton deal is on the horizon, Tigers fans. Sorry.

    Yet another links roundup: Links for 3-18-2012

  • Extrapolation – Everyone’s favorite disembodied Tiger pitcher’s brain draws some conclusions after the first three games of Spring Training. Perennial whipping boy, Ryan Raburn, will hit 108 home runs and drive in 324 runs!

  • Why Doug Fister Is Not a One Year Wonder – Ben Duronio at Fangraphs attempts to shoot down the notion that Doug Fister will be a one-hit wonder, and does a pretty good job of it.

  • Michael Rosenberg: Rick Porcello’s time with Tigers hinges on this year’s sinker – What it says on the tin: the Freep‘s Michael Rosenberg believes Porcello’s potential success in the upcoming season hinges on his sinker.

  • Red Sox Pete Ruiz acts out Tim Kurkjian – Yet another MLBer attempts to impersonate Tim Kurkjian. Better or worse than J.P. Arencibia’s effort? (video)

  • With Miguel Cabrera at Third, Tigers Have Options With Prized-Prospect Nick Castellanos – Austin Drake at Detroit Tigers Scorecard takes a look at the Tigers’ options regarding top positional prospect, Nick Castellanos.

  • Secondary Spring Training Storylines To Watch – Matt Snyder at The Tigers Den gives a short rundown of interesting storylines—that don’t involve Cabrera’s weight, move to third, or anything to do with Brandon Inge—to follow as Spring unfolds.

  • SI’s Joe Sheehan Flat-out Lied about Miguel Cabrera’s Defense at Third Base – Snyder also digs into defensive stats, and shows that Joe Sheehan, a respected writer in sabermetric circles, is being deceptive or is just plain mistaken about Cabrera’s defense at third base as a Marlin.

  • Rays’ Rhymes Looking for His Chance – Ex-Tiger Will Rhymes is looking for a “fair chance” in Tampa Bay. (video)

  • Newcomer Perry hopes trade to Nationals will help rebuild confidence – Ex-Tiger Ryan Perry is hoping for a fresh start with his new organization.

  • A Few Words On Joel ZumayaFire Gerald Laird‘s Grey Papke takes a look back on Joel Zumaya’s Tigers career.

  • Day 10: Why Miguel Cabrera gets itJason Beck writes about Miguel Cabrera’s newer, healthier lifestyle.

  • Why Your Baseball Team Sucks, 2012 Edition – Fire Gerald Laird breaks down every MLB team—even pre-season favorites like Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Texas, and Detroit—and provides compelling reasons why they might falter once the games start counting.

  • Welcome to the Perfect Club – Tigers ace Justin Verlander tries to sneak into the MLB2K12 Perfect Club, with hilarious results. MLB2K beats MLB the Show in terms of commercials, at least. (video)

  • Can Rick Porcello Take A Step Forward? – John Verburg over at Motor City Bengals wants to know if Rick Porcello can take that necessary step forward and up his game.

  • Jack Curry Works For the Yankees, Does He Still Deserve Credit For Breaking Yankees News? – You might have missed Jack Curry of YES Network going off on Buster Olney for not crediting him for breaking the Andy Pettitte story. Which side do you fall on?

  • Panicked About Jacob Turner? Don’t Be. – Nathaniel Stoltz of Seedlings to Stars gives Tigers fans plenty of good reasons not to jump off the Turner bandwagon just yet.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The Detroit Tigers Fifth Starter Candidates – Grey shows off his Photoshop skillz. Also, the Tigers’ fifth starter candidates as the Rolling Stones!

  • Yes, I Like Derek Jeter And No, He’s Not My Favorite Player – Stacey Gotsulias of Spreadin’ the News takes a look at the sexism female sports fans often face.

  • 100 Easy Ways To Lose a Man – And Mac at Third Street Kings takes apart a sexist article at Seed Spitters. Things like Baseball Boyfriend, Joe Simpson’s sexist comments, and articles like the Seed Spitters piece, for example, might seem like harmless fun, but they’re really not. They just perpetuate the idea that female sports fans are less than their male counterparts. Don’t dismiss us just because we don’t fit your “idea” of what a sports fan is or should be.

  • 20 Questions With Not Ryan RaburnNot Ryan Raburn was kind enough to answer some questions the other day!

    And a bunch of stuff from yours truly over at the Detroit Tigers Scorecard:

  • Joaquín the Walk and Talking the Talk: Was Benoit More Valuable Than Valverde? – Yours truly wonders if José Valverde was truly the Tigers’ most valuable reliever.

  • What Can We Expect From Ryan Raburn? – I’m waiting on that Rabinge hybrid, science!

  • Top Prospect Jacob Turner Diagnosed with Tendinitis, Fanbase Panics in Record Time – Keep calm, Tigers fandom!