No more No. 44 for Isringhausen

Before flying to New York to join the Mets, Jason Isringhausen went to dinner in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Sunday night with rehabbing outfielder Jason Bay. Among the topics discussed was Bay’s uniform No. 44, which belonged to Isringhausen from 1995-1999.

It is not uncommon for players, when joining a new team, to purchase their old uniform numbers with gifts, or even cash. Yet back in Spring Training, Bay said he would be willing to give up his number free of charge for Isringhausen, who also wore No. 44 throughout most of his 11 seasons with the A’s, Cardinals and Rays.

Bay again offered up the number on Sunday night.

“He said if you really want it, you can have it,” Isringhausen said.

But Isringhausen, citing the hassle of switching uniforms mid-season, declined. Instead, he wore No. 45 on Monday night, with no plans to change.

It is worth noting that Isringhausen’s status with the club remains tenuous, while Bay is under contract through 2013.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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