Veteran right-hander Jason Isringhausen is "pretty sure" he is headed to retirement following his 16th professional season, he told Tim McKernan Monday morning on KFNS-590 in St. Louis :
Isringhausen: At this point, I'm pretty sure I'm done, but if some GM is dumb enough to want to sign me, I might come back for another year.— Tim McKernan (@tmckernan) October 15, 2012
Isringhausen spent the 2012 season in middle relief for the Los Angeles Angels, putting up a respectable 4.14 ERA in forty-five and two-thirds innings of work, but amassing his lowest strikeout rate since 1996 at 6.1 K/9.
Once upon a time a top pitching prospect for the New York Mets, the 40-year-old Isringhausen reinvented himself as a late-inning reliever in Oakland after three and a half failed seasons as a starter. Izzy found great success right away as the Athletics' closer and continued in that role with the A's and the Cardinals for nine years thereafter.
For his career, Isringhausen has a 3.64 ERA and 7.4 K/9 in just over one thousand innings pitched, racking up exactly three hundred saves in eleven seasons as a closer.