It’s been a season of high highs and some low lows for Kenley Jansen in 2021. The 2-time NL reliever of the year put together an All-Star worthy first half, but struggled early on in the second half blowing three saves in five days and getting booed by the Dodger Stadium crowd after he failed to slam the door shut on the Giants in late July.
Kenley has since bounced back nicely, having converted nine of his last nine save opportunities and is looking more like the dominant closer from the first half.
The Big Fella has displayed a newfound level of mental toughness that he credits to weekly therapy sessions that he began following the 2020 season. We discuss Kenley Jansen’s comments on therapy being a ‘game-changer’ and him hinting that this could be his last year with the Dodgers.
Plus, should LA consider re-signing him, and is Kenley a Hall of Famer?
Kenley sat down with Bill Plunkett of the OC Register to chat about his realization that he needed help.
“I finally accepted after the World Series that I need help. I need help, let’s start with mentally. This game is too hard. It can be too hard on you mentally.”
The closer is 2-4 on the season with a 2.60 ERA in 55 games — his best season since 2017. Over his career, the 3-time All-Star has recorded 342 saves in 387 tries, good for 14th all time.
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