The Dodgers welcome Kenley Jansen back into town on Monday evening. The longtime closer for Los Angeles, Kenley signed a one-year deal to head out to Atlanta this offseason. That deal came right after MLB ended its lockout.
And while the Dodgers did want to bring Kenley back on board, he couldn’t wait around to find out if they would. He took a $16 million deal to become the Braves’ closer, and there didn’t seem to be any hard feelings on either side.
But when asked about Kenley before the game on Monday, Dave Roberts did seem excited to see him. He joked that he wanted to be in a position where they did not have to see him enter the game at any point tonight. Doc also noted that he hoped they would play his music if he did enter the game.
“If he somehow managed to get into this game, it wouldn’t bother me. It’s okay. It would be a nice tribute to him.”
Funny enough, Kenley later added during a session with the media that he hoped the Dodgers wouldn’t play his music for him. Jansen said that he felt like it wouldn’t be fair to the guys that are actually on the team now and playing for Los Angeles.
Kenley said that he hopes the Dodgers do NOT play his music if he enters the game tonight.
Doesn’t think it’s fair to the guys on that team.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) April 19, 2022
But Kenley put in a lot of really good years here. Los Angeles was where he made his career out f closing games, becoming one of the most dominant relievers in the game. And even if Dodgers fans didn’t fully appreciate him while he was here, he was elite for a very long time.
The Dodgers took the time before the game to honor Kenley with a video as well as a gift. Justin Turner and Roberts were there to give him a framed picture of his first save, which came with Los Angeles.