Izzy still providing relief for Cards

By Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly

(KSDK Sports) -- After getting some coaching experience on the collegiate level at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, former St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen is settling in with his old team this Spring Training as a guest instructor.

"Typical little things," said Isringhausen of his role. "Without stepping on toes, you just kind of talk to them about getting their body in the right position to throw a correct curve ball because it's the same as a fastball but when you're thinking some different, you do something different. And we're working on tipping pitches and things like that."

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But for Trevor Rosenthal, who is stepping in to his first season as the closer, having a resource like Isringhausen who earned 300 saves has been tremendous.

"It's a real privilege to have him here," stated Rosenthal. "He had some really good advice. He's a guy who loves the game and is always watching and has a really good idea of how to be successful, so I'm all ears."

"It's just preparation," advised Isringhausen. "Be ready to go every single night. That's the main thing because as soon as you think you're not going to be used, because all of a sudden a couple of home runs and then you're in the game. So you have to stay mentally sharp the whole game."

And though Jason has 16 years of Major League experience under his belt, Isringhausen has been listening too—paying attention to what the other pitching coaches have to say.

"I'm here to learn more than anything and learn what they're wanting to teach these kids and then just kind of emphasize what everybody else is working on," explained the former closer. "This is not rocket science. We're all moving in the same direction—everybody's pulling on the same rope so to speak."

It has not been an uncommon site for Izzy and the likes of Cal Eldred, Derek Lilliquist, Blaise Ilsley, and Adam Wainwright to huddle up on the mound after a bullpen session to impart wisdom to a younger pitcher or just discuss pitching amongst themselves.

"That's all it is—talk shop," said Isringhausen. "We're always wanting to get better, so you kind of put all the minds together and talk about what we can do a little different for the next day just to kind of fill these kids full of information."

Isringhausen shared he will continue to do some work with SIUE and also hopes to again provide some analysis for FSN-Midwest this season.

Brian Stull will be contributing to KSDK Sports throughout the 2014 MLB season. Brian is the St. Louis Cardinals lead writer at St. Louis Baseball Weekly and is host of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show on CBS Sports Radio 920.


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