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Jason Isringhausen

Free Agent — No. --
Relief pitcher
Born: September 7, 1972 (1972-09-07) (age 37)
Brighton, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 17, 1995 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     45-49
Earned run average     3.61
Strikeouts     749
Saves     293
Teams

Jason Derik Isringhausen (born September 7, 1972) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who is currently a free agent.

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Pro career

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1990s

In the mid-1990s Isringhausen, along with pitchers Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson were all widely hyped as the next generation of New York Mets' superstars, despite all being in the minor leagues. Isringhausen played with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. The group received considerable press attention and the nickname "Generation K". However, injuries took their toll and 1995 was the first year that all three started the season healthy.

Isringhausen began his career as a starter for the Mets near the end of the season, posting a 9-2 record in 14 starts. But a steady progression of serious injuries- tuberculosis, a broken wrist (sustained while punching a dugout trash can) and three major operations on his pitching arm derailed his progression into a major-league rotation.

Consequently, he was forced to miss most of the 1997 season, as well as the entire 1998 season. When he was finally healthy in 1999, he was moved to the bullpen after only five starts. After inconsistent play with the Mets, he was infamously traded to the Oakland Athletics at the trading deadline for reliever Billy Taylor. Mets manager Bobby Valentine was reluctant to use Isringhausen in relief, saying that it would be akin to "[using] an Indy car as a taxi."

2000s

As a relief pitcher and closer for the Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals, Isringhausen's performance improved. After the A's made the playoffs in 2000 and 2001, Isringhausen left the team to sign with the Cardinals as a free agent before the 2002 season. Since then, the Cardinals have won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning it all in 2006. He had a league-leading 47 saves in 2004 and had a second-best 2.14 ERA in 2005.

However, the 2006 season was a rough one for Isringhausen. He began the season with two losses and a blown save in his first five appearances. He endured control problems throughout the season which led to 38 walks (the most given up by Isringhausen in a season since he became a closer) and a 3.55 ERA, which was his highest ERA as a closer besides the 2000 season in which his ERA was 3.78. Isringhausen finished the season with a 4-8 record and 33 saves along with 10 blown saves. He missed the entire 2006 playoffs due to a hip injury, allowing rookie Adam Wainwright to become the Cardinals' closer for the playoffs and led the Cardinals to their 10th World Series Championship.

During the 2006 off-season, Isringhausen underwent his second hip surgery in two years. With Wainwright slotted into the rotation, Isringhausen was returned to the closer role to begin 2007. Isringhausen responded by notching career numbers in 2007, posting a 4-0 record, 2.48 ERA, and 32 saves while walking only 28, striking out 54, and giving up only 4 home runs in 63.1 innings pitched, appearing in 63 games. Batters hit .179 against him.

On September 25, 2007, Isringhausen was named as one of 10 finalists for the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award"; and on October 5, 2007 it was announced the St. Louis Cardinals had picked up Isringhausen's option for the 2008 season.

On May 10, 2008, manager Tony La Russa removed Isringhausen as the club's closer. On July 29, 2008, Tony La Russa announced that Jason had been placed as the closer again.

On August 19, 2008, Isringhausen left the team due to lingering elbow tendinitis and a torn tendon.[1][2]

On February 20, 2009, Isringhausen signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays with an invitation to spring training.[3] On April 1, 2009, Isringhausen was added to the 40-man roster of the Rays, and will begin the season on the disabled list. [4][5] However, on June 13, Isringhausen tore a ligament in his surgically repaired right elbow, and will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. [6]

For his career, Isringhausen is 45-49 (.479) with a 3.61 ERA and 293 saves, with batters hitting only .239 against him with a 1.33 WHIP in 612 games. In his brief career as a starter (1995-1999, 52 starts), he threw three complete games and one shutout.

Isringhausen is the MLB all time leader for pitching wins with a last name starting with the letter I.

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Preceded by
Éric Gagné
National League Saves Champion
2004
(with Armando Benitez)
Succeeded by
Chad Cordero

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