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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Reaches Historic Milestone in His Career

Another day, another save for Kenley Jansen.



It’s hard to believe that Kenley Jansen has been closing games for the Dodgers for a decade now. But since getting his shot in 2010, Jansen has accumulated 304 saves over his career. 

With his easy inning in last night’s Dodgers win over the Padres, Kenley moved into 26th all-time in saves for Major League Baseball. Not bad for a guy that did not start his professional career as a pitcher, and certainly not as a closer. 

Kenley has locked down saves with a pretty high success rate throughout the course of his career. He has been successful in 304 of 342 opportunities in his time with the Dodgers. That means that he has converted nearly 89 percent of save opportunities in his career. 

In terms of all-time, Kenley is still a ways off of Mariano Rivera’s record. Rivera converted 652 saves in his illustrious career with the Yankees. Kenley would need to find a way to pile up 348 more saves before his career was over just to tie that mark. But hey, with the Dodgers’ new offense, who knows what could happen. 

Dodgers’ Schedule 

The Dodgers play one more against the Padres in San Diego today before heading home. They begin a three-game series with the Giants starting on Friday night at Chavez Ravine. The Padres will be in two for another series right after San Francisco. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I don’t always agree with Roberts shuffling positions and batting orders, but the Dodger bullpen is extremely strong this year. Closer by committee kind of makes sense. Jansen is doing OK, but so are the rest of the guys. Treinen looks very good. Gatorade is going to get better and better. Even Ferguson is pitching really well. The closer spot should be allowed to determine itself, based on performance and matchups.

    • Chris Taylor saved Janzen’s rear end tonight. He threw a beautiful strike from left field to home plate to end the game that otherwise would have been tied. This is why I love baseball. I would rather see one throw like that than 20 home runs. Beautiful! Jansen got the save, but it really goes to Taylor.

  2. Loved that victory last night! Lost in the euphoria of Wednesday nights game saving throw by CT? Another example of Jansen’s vulnerability. He has struggled with location the last couple of seasons and now his velocity is also an issue. I am a big Kenley fan but it’s time to groom another closer and reshuffle the roles. You could try Baez……..you could try Treinen…….I would try Graterol too……….but Dave has always had a problem admitting and confronting declining performances of his regulars. It’s time to deal with it and make the change now.

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