Former Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge, who spent 12 of his 13 major-league seasons in Detroit, is returning to work in baseball in Green Oak Township.
Inge, 40, has been named the player development director of the Legacy Baseball Organization, part of the Legacy Center Sports Complex.
Inge will be introduced in a pair of clinics at Legacy in early April, then will start full-time duties there in August.
“My family and I are thrilled to be back in Detroit,” Inge said in a statement released by Legacy. “Detroit has always felt like home to a my wife Shani and me – our kids were pretty much born and raised here. We’re so excited to be back, and I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity to work with kids and help them develop through the baseball culture at Legacy.”
Inge will oversee both baseball programming for young athletes as well as the 33 teams Legacy sponsors from ages 8-18 as well as recreational programs and Legacy’s Little Legends program for youngsters ages 3-13.
“He’s going to work hand in hand with all of our athletes and our coaches to help better our organization and really help develop the players, which is what we’re all about,” said Ryan Ford, Legacy’s baseball director.
Inge and his family, including two sons who will be part of the Legacy program, moved to his hometown of Lynchburg, Va., after his baseball career ended in 2013. They will be moving back to Michigan after school ends in Virginia this spring.
Inge will conduct clinics on fielding at 7 p.m. April 2 and hitting at 6 p.m. April 3.
“We’re super excited about the opportunity to grow with the program, grow as an organization, and bring in the right people to help these kids,” Ford said. “Our No. 1 goal is to develop every player. He’s going to be the right guy for the job and we’re excited about it.”