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Dodgers Polls: Would Fans Want to See Kenley Jansen Back in LA?

As you may have heard from TMZ, pending free agent Kenley Jansen didn’t shoot down the idea of a reunion with the Dodgers. Of course, if you actually watch the TMZ video, the theme of Kenley’s responses was, “Who are you and why are you talking to me and why do you think I would say anything of any value to a random dude accosting me at the airport?”

But still, the report has some fans thinking about a possible sequel to California Love, so we put out a poll to ask Dodger fans what they think about the idea.

More than 3,000 votes in, the results aren’t overwhelming, but there’s a definite sentiment going on, and that sentiment is, “No thanks.”

Jansen, of course, will be looking for a job as a closer somewhere, the role he has filled for the last 11 seasons, the first 10 with Los Angeles and 2022 with the Braves. The Dodgers theoretically have an opening for the closer role, although they might choose to go “closer by committee,” and even if they don’t, they have a few internal options they’d probably feel more confident with than Jansen.

If Kenley wanted to join the Dodgers bullpen as part of that committee, to play in the city where he and his family still live, the Dodgers would surely listen. But one of the things that makes professional athletes different from you and me is their innate belief in themselves, and the guy who led the National League with 41 saves isn’t going to say, “Yeah, I think my days as a full-time closer are done. Let’s head back to L.A. for good times and fond memories.” Especially when he’s just nine save away from 400 for his career, a mark just six pitchers have reached.

So, no, a return of Kenley Jansen to the Dodgers bullpen doesn’t seem likely, despite the super-convincing “Hey, we’ll see” he said to TMZ Guy.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I’m surprised “make-friends-with-the-players-Roberts hasn’t mentioned to bring back Eric Gagne. After all they did play on the same team for a bit. But as far as Jansen goes, that’s a no-go. Which means Roberts would probably entertain the thoughts of Jansen back.

  2. Should Jansen be signed with the Dodgers next year in one word. Yes! That is if he is offered a contract that makes sense to the Dodgers and Kenley. It would be great to see him back again. The Kimbrel nonsense and the fact we missed A.J. Pollock makes me want to see if getting Jansen back is workable.

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