As a rule, we don’t generally cover much in the way of OVC Baseball. In fact, I had to go create this graphic at the top just a few minutes ago. But when a former Major Leaguer joins a team’s staff, that’s very noteworthy.
Especially when he played for an MLB club just half an hour down the road.
SIUE baseball Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin announced today the addition of Major League pitcher Jason Isringhausen to his staff. Isringhausen, known as “Izzy” during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, earned 300 saves in a Major League career that has covered 16 seasons. Seven of those years were spent with the Cardinals, during which he became the Cardinals’ all-time leader in saves with 217. In 2004, he turned a career-best 47 saves for St. Louis, which is a Cardinals single-season record shared by Lee Smith.
“He obviously knows the game at the highest level,” Stoecklin said. “What has impressed me most is his ability to teach what he knows.”
“I enjoy the teaching aspect,” Isringhausen said. “I feel like I have a lot to offer.
“At this level the players all have talent,” he continued. “I’m here to fine tune. I want to help the pitchers get the most out of that talent.”
The 2013 baseball season begins tomorrow when the Cougars travel to Nashvile, Tenn., for the first game of a three-game weekend series at Lipscomb.