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Jason Isringhausen is ’70-30′ in favor of retiring

Sep 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Jason Isringhausen has barely pitched for the Angels down the stretch and the 40-year-old reliever is leaning toward retirement, telling Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s currently 70 percent likely to call it a career after 16 seasons.

Isringhausen cited the desire to spend more time with his two young daughters, saying:

I like to be home, man. When I’m not pitching, that makes me miss them more. I want to be home and my role on the team is not definitive anymore, and I don’t like that part. I want to have more fun, more pitching. But if I had pitched better down the stretch, I’d probably be pitching more now. Not too many teams need a 40-year-old who’s throwing 90 when they have kids throwing 96.

Considering all the arm problems he had to deal with Isringhausen has put together a helluva career, going from failed starter prospect to reclamation project to All-Star closer while saving 300 games. This season he has a 4.14 ERA and 31/19 K/BB ratio in 46 innings for the Angels.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I have always been an Izzy fan. Hope he is comfortable with whatever decision he makes.
    As you said Gleeman…he has had a damn fine career.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I was 70 percent sure he retired and 30 percent sure it was 3 or 4 years ago.

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