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Could Jason Isringhausen actually make the Mets?

Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

Isringhausen

Every spring we get an early “Believe it or not, Player X might make the team” story, with “Player X” being some veteran everyone has written off or a comeback story or a precocious rookie that everyone thinks needs more seasoning.  At least as far as the veterans go, those stories rarely play out.  A month and a half of spring training wears them down or reveals them to not have anything in the tank. Or maybe the writer was just too optimistic in the first place.

I kind of hope that doesn’t hold for Jason Isringhausen, who gets his obligatory “believe or not” story today.  I kind of like the guy and I think the Mets would be more fun with him on them.  Long odds, though, given his medical history.  Gotta root for him anyway.

Oh, and if he does make the team, Jason Bay is going to give him his number 44. And he’s not going to demand the standard cash payment or Rolex or whatever.  How decent.

  1. catsmeat - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    That is so delightfully Canadian of Mr. Bay.

  2. BC - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    15 years too late. We have Wilson, Pulsipher and Isringhausen and they all crater for us. Yeah, that was a fun time in Mets history.

    • jetersusedjersey - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      Pitching prospects (well any prospets) are just dicey. Look at Bullington, Brien Taylor, Thomas Diamond, Officer Wiggums, etc. You just never know.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        Any chance we can stop including Brien Taylor in these comparisons? He failed due to a completely non-baseball related circumstance, yet people still include his name in this “failed prospect” lists.

      • Alex K - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        Bullington was a bad pick. If I remember correctly a lot of people questioned that from the get go.

      • Brian Murphy - Feb 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        Bullington was thought to be the best mixture of talent and signability at No. 1. Plus, scouts thought it would be a very watered-down draft.

        And then B.J. Upton, Prince Fielder and Zach Greinke took up three of the first seven spots.

        Great moments in Pirates history.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Feb 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    After last season…Jason should change his number to .22 as that seems to be the right caliber for him :)

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