Baseball Card of the Week: Izzy with the Mets

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I asked last Friday for everyone out there to send me your submissions for the baseball card of the week. Well, I won't lie. The response was not overwhelming. However, enough people did submit entries for me to pick a winner, and it's one that I actually feel really good about. I thought that, considering how we've recently seen Jason Isringhausen seemingly rise from the dead, this submission might be appropriate.

Today's card comes to us courtesy of David M. of Eureka, Missouri. It's a 1994 Bowman Jason Isringhausen rookie card. David himself acquired it in a '94 box set he bought in 1998 from a neighbor who was cleaning out their attic.

In 1994, Izzy was a hard throwing starter prospect in the New York Mets' system. Along with Bill Pulsipher and former college phenom Paul Wilson, Isringhausen was part of the trio of young pitchers dubbed ''Generation K'' by the Metropolitan faithful. All three eventually fell victim to injuries, with none of them living up to the billing they enjoyed.

Izzy came up to the majors for the first time in 1995, and was the most dynamic and effective pitcher for the Mets that season, going 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA. He struggled in his second season, though, going 9-14, 4.71, and was diagnosed with a torn labrum, among other, less serious injuries, that year.

His career appeared to be DRT* until he ended up in Oakland. The Athletics turned Izzy and his overpowering two pitch repertoire into a closer, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Thanks to David for the submission, as well as everyone else who submitted cards.

Remember, if anybody else out there has an interesting card they want to send in, just email your submission to me at asaeschafer@gmail.com. Thanks, everybody.

- Aaron Schafer

*DRT stands for Dead Right There; paramedic slang for someone exactly two degrees worse than DOA.

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