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First Pitch: Brandon Inge is a Leader, But the Pirates Have Different Needs

First Pitch: Brandon Inge is a Leader, But the Pirates Have Different Needs

Brandon Inge doesn't have much value outside of his leadership, and the Pirates don't need his leadership. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Brandon Inge has started the last two games with Neil Walker out. Brandon Inge also had a .190 average and a .464 OPS coming into tonight's game. It's not like there's a lot of upside to be had there either. Inge had a combined .606 OPS in the last two years. He has strong defensive skills on the field, and that's about the extent of his value. Well, unless you count his leadership skills.

At this point the biggest value Inge can bring to a team is his leadership. There has been a lot of talk about that this year. Brandon McCarthy said that Inge is worth 10 wins in the clubhouse prior to the season. McCarthy noted that if Inge and Jonny Gomes had been removed from the Oakland Athletics last year, the team might have gone from a 94 win team to a 70 win team. I'm skeptical about that. I'm not saying that leadership isn't important, but I don't think...

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