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Jason Isringhausen
Jason Isringhausen
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 197 of 1043 players
Jason Derek Isringhausen
Born: September 7, 1972 at Brighton, Ill.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 210

Jason Isringhausen was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 16, 2004, December 16, 2009, April 11, 2011, and April 12, 2011.


First Mets game: July 17, 1995
Last Mets game: September 6, 2011

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Sid Finch
Pitched softball for a topless joint during Spring training, while on the DL. His IQ hovers slightly below Vince Coleman's and Saberhagen's. Just above Throneberry's.

Mr. Sparkle
Izzy had his problems but there was always talent there. I just wish the Mets realized it was as a closer before trading him for the ever useless Billy Taylor. One of the worst trades of all time. Congrats to Izzy for making the all star team.

Coach HoJo 20
December 25, 2000
What a freaking disapointment this guy was. Go cut yourself with a box cutter izzy

March 16, 2001
I really thought that he was going to pan out. All we heard about were the big three--Pulsipher, Isringhausen and Paul Wilson, and I honestly believed that of the three, he had the best stuff. It's a shame what happened to him while in New York, and even though I understand why he was traded to Oakland in '99, I thought that he was doing well. And since it appears that Pulsipher and Wilson will never amount to anything, I'm glad to see him succeeding in Oakland as their closer. Hmmmmm....a Mets starter that ended up becoming an excellent closer. Can anyone say Rick Aguilera?

b u i c k
June 24, 2001
Around the Izzy, Pulsipher, Wilson days I remember thinking, "Oh, man! This is going to be big." Boy, am I dumb.

October 13, 2001
Leave it to my Mets to let a good piece of talent go after not seeing the future forest for the present injury trees. (And who cares whether he pitched for a topless softball team while on the DL - you expected maybe he should have been in traction instead? - all he did was pitch; no one has yet accused him of trying anything nasty, if you catch my drift.) Someone should have had the brains to have him sit it out for a full season recovering properly. He did, after all, put up a winning season, albeit a short one, before the injuries hit. And who was the genius who began the talk about Isringhausen, Pulsipher and Wilson being the new Seaver-Koosman-Ryan boys on the block? That's the way to ease 'em into the big leagues, gang - especially when, of the three, a closer look would have told you Isringhausen was the surest bet of the three.

That's also the way to guarantee you won't see your closer of the future because you've got the blinders from what you wanted to see. Isringhausen by his own admission is a two-and-a-half pitch pitcher, which isn't going to get you that far as a starter unless your name is Bob Gibson - but it will get you a hell of a lot farther as a closer. Especially one who won't go up in smoke when the lead looks fat and all you've got to do is hold the opposition for an inning. Who would you rather have coming in in the ninth to hold the lead, especially if the lead is two runs or better - Jason Isringhausen or Armando (Careless in Gaza) Benitez, who should have been voted the MVP of the 2000 series...for the Yankees? Hint: The Oakland A's at this writing have one hell of a chance to knock the Yankees out of the postseason in three straight, and Isringhausen has saved both those wins. The Mets aren't going to the post season unless they've bought tickets or plan to watch on the big screen TV.

November 16, 2001
Let's hope the recent rumors are true, and the Mets get rid of that LOSER Benitez, and resign good 'ol IZZY!

December 10, 2001
Just learned Izzy signed with the Cardinals. Good for him. Izzy is a perfect exmaple of a player that the Mets did not have enough patience with, nor considered in other roles. Now he is considered one of the better closers in baseball-remember Rick Aguilera? Why can't the Mets develop and retain talent? Its time for Wilpon, Doubleday and especially Phillips to go-their team is in the Major Leagues but their management is bush league.

Bob Murphy
December 12, 2001
Izzy will tank with the Cards. His two years with the A's were a fluke. Better that the Cards waste money on Izzy than the Mets.

June 6, 2002
I remember the spring training in West Palm Beach in 1995 against the Braves. Izzy struck out Justice, McGriff, and Klesko in a row, then came up to the plate and smacked a home run. I thought to myself, "This guy is the f'ing man"! Then reality set in.

January 12, 2004
I would definitely have to say that I will always be Izzy's #1 fan! I always saw the talent through all of the mishaps. I was very disappointed in the Mets when they put him in the bullpen and told him if he accepted relief roles that he would stay a Met, and then a month later traded him. That was the biggest mistake they could have ever made. They should have traded Armando "I blow it everytime" Benitez.

I remember Izzy putting up with me yelling to him (out of admiration) in the bullpen while he was warming up or just sitting there with John Franco watching the game. I know he will continue to shine and maybe someday I will see him pitching in NY again. All of those who only dwell on the negative things that the pitcher did when he was young are ignorant. He was young and stupid. And I am sure you all were too at some point (may even be old and stupid now). But he realized his mistakes and has grown into a great man and closer. Here's to Izzy in 2004!

Joe P.
September 25, 2004
I remember being at Shea watching Izzy get pounded by the Cubs. It was early in the season, and it was cold with a steady rain. The score was 10-0 Chicago pretty early in the game. That gave us a good excuse to leave and go to Wiley's in Jackson Heights. (You guys from the area know what place I'm talking about, right?)

Jonathan Stern
December 16, 2004
Could not keep his head on straight while he was here. It would have been nice if the Mets had found a way to help him figure out his priorities. Probably more suited to a small city with less pressures and fewer distractions. But couldn't we have have gotten more for him than Billy Taylor?

George Felonbrenner
May 22, 2005
An utter basket case. Even if the Mets would've discovered he was better suited for 9th inning magic, he still would've bombed out in NY. Remember, he purposely sliced himself with a box cutter while "moving." Izzy could not take the pressure of NY and the Mets pompous Gen K P.R. machine.

Get's by Buckner
April 14, 2011
Welcome back Izzy! Let's hope you pitch like Tom Seaver and not Aaron Heilman!

April 14, 2011
Welcome back Izzy. You might well be a lone bright spot in a dreary 2011.

Hope you can stay healthy and have a real comeback here.

August 18, 2011
Congratulations on 300 saves Izzy!

It's really great to see Izzy's career have a happy ending with the Mets. I'm not sure whether or not he's going to hang it up after this year but he's managed to have a great comeback with the team and in his career. From a spring training tryout to closing for the team. It's been really great to see.

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