Jason Isringhausen in the dugout with the St. Louis Cardinals

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Isringhausen Adds New Title, Continues Same Cardinals Lessons

He says it's the same job he has been doing for years, but now there is an official title

February 07, 2018 - 8:15 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Jason Isringhausen still holds the St. Louis Cardinals career saves record, and he could very well groom the guy who eventually beats him. He has been officially named the Cardinals Minor League pitching instructor in 2018, a roll he says he's been doing for a long time. 

He explained to KMOX's Chris Hrabe during Wednesday's Countdown to Opening Day show, his role isn't just about pitching, but also teaching the players how to represent themselves and the organization well. The hardest part he says is keeping them off Twitter. 

The former closer will work a similar role as former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who is the new Minor League hitting instruction. 

"The way we tell eachother is, the game has given us so much and it would be a shame if we weren't trying to give it back," Isringhausen says. "I learned a lot from guys ahead of me and I'm just trying to spread that word to the younger guys now and just prepare them what lies ahead of them in the game of baseball, and life on and off the field. And it seems to be working out pretty good." 

Recently successful rookie pitchers Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver and Alex Reyes come to mind. And he believes that win-from-within strategy is how the Cardinals success will continue.

"I know it's hard for the fans sometimes to not pull their hair out when the organization is not going out and spending the money on the free agents, but we have a lot of faith in our kids and we have to keep, keeping faith in our kids because that's how we grow as an organization," Isringhausen says.  

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Isringhausen celebrates the last out of a 4-1 victory
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Last week, Isringhausen was one of the seven former Cardinals named finalist for the Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2018. During his time with the team, the Cardinals won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning the World Series in 2006. He registered a National League-leading 47 saves in 2004, tying the franchise record which Lee Smith set and Trevor Rosenthal eventually broke. 

Izzy thanked St. Louis fans for simply being the "best fans in baseball."

"They're not just fair-weather fans," Isringhausen says. "They're there through thick and thin, and they're there to cheer, they're there to boo – which they have it right to do. Some of us have been on both ends of it, which is great.

"I think anybody that's ever played here can say that there are the best fans in the world and I just I'm here to say it again."