The Los Angeles Dodgers have one player that has now received the most awards in the offseason and that would be Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers closer was named the winner of the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award.
The award was announced in a ceremony by Major League Baseball before Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field. In the American League, Zach Britton received the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and Doug Elliot, president of the Hartford, presented the accolades to both players. The Reliever of the Year awards replaced the Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2014.
“Congratulations to Zach Britton and Kenley Jansen for their outstanding performances this season,” Elliot said. “Zach and Kenley consistently deliver for their teams during the biggest moments of a game. At The Hartford, we are committed to doing the same for our customers by ensuring they prevail when the unexpected happens.”
Jansen had a phenomenal 2016 year in the Dodgers uniform.
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Jansen tied with the Mets’ Jeurys Familia with 47 saves but has much more power and velocity than Familia.
kenley jansen and zach britton deserved the trevor hoffman and mariano rivera awards. reminder: andrew miller also aint bad
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2016
Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the winner of the 2016 Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 29, 2016
Kenley Jansen throws a nasty cutter. "Kind of reminds me of someone," Mariano Rivera says.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 29, 2016
The winners of this award were selected from a panel of eight all-star relievers. This year, the panel included:
- Mariano Rivera
- Trevor Hoffman
- Dennis Eckersley
- Rollie Fingers
- Bruce Sutter
- Lee Smith
- John Franco
- Bill Wagner
The NL runner-ups were Mark Melancon who played 75 games between the Pirates and Nationals, and Familia who pitched 78 games with the Mets.