Jason Isringhausen Celebrity Life
Jason Isringhausen was a professional baseball player who is currently working as a pitching coach for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a public university located in Illinois. He has been part of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the capacity of a pitcher for various professional teams like the New York Mets, the Oakland Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels.
Isringhausen was born and brought up in Brighton, Illinois. His interest in baseball started early on and he began playing a catcher in his high school baseball team. Later, he attended Lewis and Clark Community College where he transitioned to the outfield for some time.
Major League Baseball (MLB) Career
The New York Mets
However, this just turned out to be a small break from another round of serious injuries that now plagued Isringhausen. He contracted tuberculosis, then sustained a wrist fracture and on top of that had to undergo three surgeries right on the arm that he used for pitching. As a result, he was largely out of action for the whole of the 1997 and 1998 season.
The Oakland Athletics
In 1999 Isringhausen was traded over to the Oakland Athletics. Here he managed to enhance his game and perform much better than he had at the Mets. In fact, owing to his superior performance he managed to become a top closer for the team. Moreover, in 2000 he earned his very first place in the All-Star game.
The St. Louis Cardinals
However, he now had to confront his falling form but he still managed to end the 2006 season with a 4-8 record along with 33 saves. Unfortunately, he had to sit out the 2006 playoffs due to an injury to the hip which had to be operated upon twice. 2007 was a better season for Isringhausen as he registered a 4-0 record along with 2.48 ERA and 32 saves. In 2008 he exited the team as his elbow injury re-surfaced.
The Tampa Bay Rays
In February 2009 Isringhausen joined the Tampa Bay Rays under a Minor League contract. He was first listed under the disabled but then went on to play nine games before he ripped his ligament and had to sit out the entire season. He underwent what is called the Tommy John Surgery (TJS)- a type of grafting to reconstruct a torn ligament.
The Cincinnati Reds, Back to Mets and The Angels
In February 2012 he went over to the Los Angeles Angels with a Minor League contract. He played 50 games for them and registered a 4.14 ERA. Isringhausen is a celebrated player who was twice part of All-Star games, first in 2000 and later in 2005. He has also been initiated into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.
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