DETROIT, Mich. – It's been an exciting week for former Virginia Commonwealth University standout and current Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge. After receiving a two-year contract extension on Oct. 22, Inge on Friday was named Marvin Miller Man of the Year by his peers in the annual Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards. The award was announced on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning.
Inge, who was one of three finalists, received the honor for his contributions on the field and in the community. The former All-Star is heavily involved with charity work at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is constantly recognized for his efforts in the Detroit area.
The Lynchburg, Va., native hit .247 with 28 doubles, 13 home runs and 70 RBIs in 144 games during the 2010 season, while missing two weeks due to a fractured hand. His defensive presence at third was perhaps his biggest asset this year as he led all American League third basemen with a .977 fielding percentage. He committed a career-low nine errors all season.
The Angels Torri Hunter and Rockies Troy Tulowitzki were also finalists for the award. In addition to man of the year, the Players Choice Awards honor outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player of the year in each league and a player of the year.