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Isringhausen angrily denies no-trade request

Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:20 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

IsringhausenJason Isringhausen loves New York so much that he'd rather stay in town. But contrary to a previous report from the New York Daily News, he did not request a trade.

"I never [bleeping] said one thing about, 'Please don't trade me,' " Isringhausen told the New York Post on Monday. "Yeah, I talked to Sandy, but I never once said, 'Please don't trade me.' I said I'd like to stay here. I'd never plead with anyone about staying anywhere."

The 38-year-old reliever has engineered a surprising comeback after being left for dead.  Isringhausen, the former Cardinals closer, had a Ryan Franklin-esque meltdown in 2008, replete with injuries. He posted a 5.70 ERA and lost his closer's job a season after a typical one in which he had 32 saves and a 2.70 ERA.

He attempted to make a comeback in 2009 with the Rays but could only muster eight innings pitched before missing all of 2010.

Back with the Mets, who drafted  Isringhausen in the 44th round of the 1992 draft, he is enjoying a career renaissance with a 3.14 ERA in 28 2/3 innings and has become the setup man. But the Mets are trying to rebuild while staying reasonably competitive at the same time.

With strong relief pitching always in demand and teams shying away from Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez because of a $17.5 million option that can easily vest should K-Rod remain a closer for the rest of the year, Isringhausen has come up as a potential trade candidate along with Rodriguez and Tim Byrdak.

Izzy, however, doesn't want to go anywhere.

"I have two places in my heart," he told the Daily News. "St. Louis, because I'm from there, and New York, because this is where I started. Those are my two favorite spots, and I don't think I'm going back to St. Louis anytime soon. And I love it here."

Isringhausen says he would like to stay in New York because of the chance to close and the outside chance of making the playoffs (and by outside, we mean outside). On a team that wasn't supposed to do anything, that's "fun," he said.

"If there is a chance that we can do that," he said, "I want to be a part of it."

The Mets are 11 games out of first and somehow would have to get past Philadelphia and Atlanta, two teams that increasingly look like the team to beat in the postseason for the NL. But there's no denying it would be a fantastic story if Isringhausen were part of a Mets team that shocked baseball, especially since he could hang up his cleats at any time.

"It's hard on us, being gone, and having a 2-year-old and and 8-year-old, one in school," he said. "I don't get to see them much. But like my wife says, 'You're only going to play baseball for so long. You have the rest of your life to come home to our so-called boring life' -- that's what she calls it."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:38 am
 

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Isringhausen angrily denies no-trade request

The first two paragraphs of this story, taken together, make no sense, except perhaps unintentional sense.  First the author says,

contrary to a previous report from the New York Daily News, he did not request a trade. (emphasis added)
Then he quotes Isringhausen himself as saying,
I never once said, 'Please don't trade me.' (emphasis added)

Elsewhere in the story, he appears to say that he likes New York, but his quoted statements don't actually deny that he requested a trade--just that he didn't request not to be traded.  So what's the writer basing his own statement on?  Or was this story just not properly copyread and not properly edited?  And if that's the case, what does it mean?  Or should anyone outside New York, like me, even care?

By the way, Met fans, since the article mentions they haven't given up hope of catching the Phillies (and Braves), you'll get your chance at us right after the All-Star break at your place.  Looks like you'll be seeing Worley, Halladay, and Lee (though maybe that could change depending on how much Halladay and Lee pitch in the ASG).  So, who'll you be throwing at us?




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Isringhausen angrily denies no-trade request

The Mets are 11 games behind first and somehow would have to get past Philadelphia and Atlanta, two teams that increasingly look like the team to beat in the postseason for the NL. But there's no denying it would be a fantastic story if Isringhausen was part of a Mets team that shocked baseball, especially since he could hang up his cleats at any time


Izzy has done a nice job, but he's 38. This team isn't likely making the playoffs in 2011, but to his credit, like those guys who have played hard all year, they believe they can. Personally, unless they bring back someone they can use, I hope he stays. Unload Rodriguez, Beltran and Brydak. Those guys are all replaceable and the first 2 may bring back prospects or even a solid reliever. The latter will net little.

It's glad to see guys like Izzy appreciating what he's experiencing. It's also to see he doesn't want out. That says a lot about what Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have done to change the culture of this team and the direction they're headed. Izzy knows Reyes, Davis and Wright are returning the next 3 weeks or so and if this team is hovering around .500 by then, they'll still have a chance to make a run @ the wild-card, though it would take a Rockies-like streak.


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