Former Dodger Kenley Jansen Reaches New Career Milestone
Kenleyfornia Love is still at and still among the best in baseball in the 9th inning. The long-time Dodgers closer, Kenley Jansen, secured a milestone save in style on Wednesday evening with the Red Sox, picking up save number 400 in his illustrious career. The 35-year-old locked down 350 of those 400 saves in Dodger blue.
Jansen was feeling it en route to number 400, hitting 99 on the gun with his potentially Hall of Fame cutter. He became the 7th pitcher in MLB history to pick up 400 saves and, thankfully, got to celebrate with a few long time teammates, Kiké Hernandez and one of his best friends in baseball, Justin Turner.
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Kenley picked up save number 1 for the Dodgers all the way back on July 25th, 2010 in just his second career game. At that point in time, he was a recently converted catcher who couldn’t hit and had yet to learn the cutter that made him one of the best in history.
Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was among those to make the call to move Jansen to the mound and here 15 years later, the kid from Curacao has 400 saves at the big league level.
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Over his 14 year MLB career, Kenley is 43-28 with a 2.43 ERA and now 400 saves in 778 games.