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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Disagrees with Claims that he Has Something to Prove

After a subpar 2020 season, does Kenley Jansen feel the pressure to perform this season?



Dave Roberts has put a lot of faith in his closer. Even with last season’s postseason struggles still fresh in the minds of many, the Dodgers’ manager has affirmed time and time again that Kenley Jansen will be the team’s closer heading into the new season.

According to Roberts, Kenley has looked extremely motivated throughout spring training. Not just motivated, but as if he had something to prove. And after another stellar performance on Wednesday afternoon, the long-time closer got a chance to respond to this narrative.

At the end of the day, I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of doing. So whatever image is out there right now, that’s not me. That’s all I can say, and I’m gonna stay true to myself. I’m gonna keep putting work in.

To his credit, Kenley Jansen has been enjoying a great start to the spring this year. In 5 innings pitched, he has yet to give up a run and has 9 strikeouts compared to only 2 base hits. In fact, Wednesday’s game against the White Sox may have been his most impressive outing yet.

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Kenley Jansen has definitely looked like a man on a mission so far. His intensity on the mound is palpable, and there is little wasted effort on any of his deliveries. It’s almost as if he feels that he has something to prove… but Jansen made it clear that he doesn’t feel the pressure.

So to me, no. To give you an honest answer, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove but to get the job done. That’s what they pay me to do here, get the job done and I’m gonna prove that I can get the job done.

Only time will tell if the success that Jansen has had will carry over to the regular season, but he is certainly on the right track. With free agency waiting for him at season’s end, there may be an extra incentive for him to impress the Dodgers and the rest of the league.

Written by Daniel Palma

Daniel is an avid sports fan who loves his hometown teams. If he's not watching baseball, you can find him playing or coaching. No matter what, he'll always root for the Boys in Blue!

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  1. It’s only spring training. He’ll just be throwing bp to the big boys after the season starts and once they get their timing down.

  2. Don’t be fool by the false positive. It’s only Spring Training. If nothing else, his Spring success my cost us a few blown games as Dave Roberts will initially trust him again. Hope I’m wrong.

  3. Of course spring training might be showing he’s found something again. He looks in great shape, he’s striking out 2 out of 3 batters, and I think he’ll have a bounce back year.

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