May 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) is greeted at the dugout by third baseman Brandon Inge (2) after McCutchen scored a run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Former Detroit Tigers Find A Home In Pittsburgh

Two former Detroit Tigers have found a home with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first is one of the most polarizing athletes in Detroit Sports history. The other was a former 1 round pick that never quite lived up to his potential…..well until now.

Notorious I.N.G.E

After spending a little time in the minors Brandon Inge is back in the Majors again.  The former Detroit Tiger plays a back-up role as a utility infielder with the first place Pirates. He seems to have no problem serving in that role for Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle saying:

“I’ll do whatever they want me to do”

Inge was always a team player while in Detroit too. Well at least he was a team player after he got done complaining about it. The long-time Detroit Tiger came up as a catcher and then was moved to 3rd base after Detroit signed Ivan Rodriguez. Then attempted a move to second base after the Tigers acquired Prince Fielder moving Cabrera to third. He may have complained about it at the time but he always did what he was asked. It will be interesting to see the kind of reaction Inge gets from the Comerica faithful when he enters the game.

Gas Grilli

And then there is the more notable Jason Grilli.  Grilli only spent 3 1/2 seasons with Detroit Tigers but his turn around

May 26, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli reacts after getting a save against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Pirates beat the Brewers 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

is the most interesting.  Grilli, now 36 years old, has seemed to finally find his niche after 12 major league seasons.  Better late than never I guess because Grilli leads all of the majors in saves at 20. Not only that his ERA 1.25 and has a WHIP of .738 is light years better than his career averages of 4.28 and 1.382.

The former number 1 pick for the San Francisco Giants and former gas can for the Detroit Tigers has found a home in Pittsburgh and is a big reason why the Pirates have a record of 31-19.

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