UPDATE: Isringhausen’s agent told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client is not retired. The coaching job is a volunteer position, so he’s still opening to pitching another season in the big leagues.
3:15 PM: Jason Isringhausen went back and forth about retiring all offseason, but I guess this means he’s definitely calling it a career:
SIUE baseball Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin has announced the addition of Major League pitcher Jason Isringhausen to his staff. Isringhausen, a native of Brighton, Ill., will serve as a pitching coach for the Cougars.
SIUE stands for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which has 14,000 students and boasts an alumni list that includes Bill Plaschke, Dewayne Staats, Clay Zavada, Jeff Tweedy, and Kathleen Madigan.
Two guys who spent some time in the bigs but who have found more success in Asia have decided to stay in Asia.
Darin Ruf has re-signed with the Samsung Lions of KBO, per MLB Trade Rumors. Ruf, who played five years for the Phillies but didn’t really have the numbers to stick, has stuck just fine in Korea. In two seasons in the offense-friendly league he has hit 64 homers and has put up a line of .322/.412/.587. His new deal with Samsung will pay him a guaranteed $1.4 million with $300K in potential bonuses.
The other guy — Nick Martinez — has signed a $2.5 million plus incentives deal to stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters of NPB. The former Rangers starter went 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA for the Fighters in 2018. He was 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA in four seasons with Texas.
Maybe Ruf and Martinez still have U.S. major league dreams, but guaranteed bucks in the Korean and Japanese majors is better than signing minor league deals and riding busses here.