Dodgers fans, do you feel like Kenley Jansen deserved to be a 2019 All-Star? Without question, several Dodgers were snubbed. However, when looking around at those omissions on the National League roster, is Jansen one of the names at the forefront of your mind?
Now, Jansen talks with Bill Plunkett of the OC Register about not making the squad. In a word, Kenleys sounds a bit frustrated.
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— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 1, 2019
When first asked – if you’re taking the quote at face value – Jansen expected to be there.
“Listen, man, they don’t pick me — what can I say? There’s going to be plenty more chances. That’s how I see it,”
Indeed, it’s important to not always take a quote at face-value. Or perhaps, read beyond the first line of the quote. With that said, Jansen has been known to give some interesting quotes on certain situations. One example from Jansen in particular was when he was asked about how he felt about Craig Kimbrel joining the Dodgers bullpen.
Nevertheless, Jansen sounds like he thinks he should be in Cleveland in a few weeks.
“Yeah, you definitely want to be picked — second in the league in saves. But, listen, I knew it was going to be hard once I gave up that four-spot against San Diego (a walkoff grand slam by Hunter Renfroe on May 5). It’s going to take you months to get your ERA down and all that stuff.”
No doubt, Jansen sounds like he’s sat down and thought this out. Jansen points towards his 23 saves as a reason he should have been selected. While some consider the save to be an overrated statistic – it’s important to remember Jansen closes for one of the winningest team’s in baseball history of the first 81 games in a season.
Jansen did go on to say he’s happy for his teammates like Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler for getting their first calls to the Midsummer Classic. However, what do you think about Jansen’s case he’s making for himself? Is he having an All-Star year? Let us know in the comments section below.