Where does Brandon Inge rank in Detroit Tigers history?

Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers throws to first base during action against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2010 in Seattle.

The end of Brandon Inge’s career with the Detroit Tigers brings a conclusion to a body of work that was certainly prolific in many ways, both good and bad. After 11 seasons, Inge ranks among the all-time leaders during the 111-year history of the Tiger franchise in several categories.

Inge is the franchise leader in one rather dubious category, strikeouts. Being the franchise leader in K’s puts Inge in the company of other franchise leaders such as Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken, and Lou Brock. Inge’s strikeout numbers are an indication of his longevity with the club, but also a hallmark of a career that drew the ire of many Tigers fans, making him the most controversial Tiger of his time. Inge passed Lou Whitaker in 2011 as the Tigers’ whiffs leader, although Whitaker played 19 seasons, almost double the span of Inge’s career at the time.

Inge also ranks high on the all-time list in an impressive number of categories, again a testament to his tenure with the franchise. Inge is second all time in defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR) with a plus-9.0 total. That is second only to Al Kaline, and is ahead of third-place Whitaker and all others in Tigers history.

Inge is among the top 25 on the Tigers in games played, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI and many other categories. Following is a full list of Inge’s totals as a Tiger, and where he ranks all time in franchise history.

Strikeouts 1st 1189
Defensive WAR 2nd + 9.0
Games 15th 1408
At Bats 18th 4626
Plate Appearances 18th 5196
Ground into double plays 18th 92
Doubles 21st 212
Extra base hits 21st 390
Home Runs 22nd 140
RBI 20th 589
Total Bases 24th 1791
Hit by Pitch 6th 66
Times on base 25th 1566

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