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Former Dodger and Free Agent Kenley Jansen Talks About His Famous Cutter

The success that Kenley Jansen has enjoyed throughout his career has revolved around one main pitch: His cutter.

At his best, Jansen’s cutter has been virtually unhittable.



It’s the reason he has 391 saves in his career. It’s the reason he was at the back end of the Dodgers bullpen for an entire decade. And it’s the reason he’s going to go down as one of the best closers in baseball history.

He recently did a very cool interview where he talks about that pitch, and what makes it so special. You can watch it here:

Jansen is currently a free agent for the second straight offseason. Last year, he signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Dodgers.

Jansen showed he could still get it done in 2022. He had a 3.38 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, 85 strikeouts and a National League-high 41 saves.

He’ll definitely be closing games again in 2023, we just don’t yet know where that will be. But as long he has his cutter, he’ll still be the same, dominant Kenley Jansen.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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  1. He is not as dominant as portrayed by this writer, Else he would have still been a Dodger. However, he did post better numbers than his replacement. Still the team needs to look elsewhere for a true Stopper! Ownership is only looking to produce a Contender, nothing more!!

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