He suffered through a 119-loss Tigers team; he starred for a pennant-winning Tigers team. The great Matt Sussman put up a graph to chart just how Tigers fans have felt about him:
So beloved ... now that he's gone.
But he isn't finished yet, and he isn't retiring. And other teams have interest. First from the Star Tribune:
Why would the Twins even consider adding him? If they decide that Danny Valencia would be better off working on his game at Class AAA Rochester, they could use Inge and Sean Burroughs in a platoon at third. Inge can also catch, which would interest the Twins.
Baseball, you cruel, cruel mistress. One minute you're winning the AL Central, and the next you're a last-place team considering a Brandon Inge/Sean Burroughs platoon. But the Twins will likely have some competition. From Roch Kubatko of MASN:
Orioles are still looking for ways to improve defense, and there's some interest in Inge. Can't completely dismiss him as possibility
Baseball, you cruel, cruel mistress. One minute the Orioles exist, and the next minute, the Orioles still exist. And finally, the A's, who lost their presumptive third baseman (Scott Sizemore) to injury, are expected to have interest:
Athletics are expected to have some interest in Brandon Inge, though he still must clear release waivers.
Inge is still a fantastic defensive third baseman, but he's about to turn 35, and he's coming off a career-worst season (.197/.265/.283).