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Dodgers Kenley Jansen with 300th Career Saves

The big man is in elite company.

Kenley Jansen celebrates a save at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked up save number 32 on the season on Wednesday night in San Diego. He retired the Padres in order on 11 pitches and with it, moved up on the career saves list.

Number 300 actually ties him for 28th place on the all-time saves list alongside Jason Isringhousen and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. Of course, Jansen already holds the Dodgers all-time record in saves, surpassing Eric Gagne’s mark of 161.

Hall of Famer, and former Yankee Mariano Rivera owns baseball’s all-time saves record with 652. Moreover, Jansen is only the 5th pitcher to pick up 300 saves with one team, joining impressive company.

  • Rivera; Yankees
  • Trevor Hoffman; Padres
  • Dennis Eckersley; Athletics
  • Troy Percival; Angels

Kenley shared his thoughts on what 300 saves means to him.

Definitely it’s a blessing to get to 300 saves. I never thought I’m gonna be pitching in big leagues and here I am, I got 300 saves. Yeah, it’s awesome.

The much maligned Dodgers closer may be in the midst of a rough 2019 season, but has pitched better in the month of September with a 3.48 ERA in 10 games. Wednesday night marked the first time since May 30-31 that Jansen had recorded saves in consecutive contests.

In 10 seasons, the 31 year-old has accumulated a 2.36 ERA in 604 games and 610.2 innings pitched. On Tuesday night in San Diego, he picked up career strikeout number 900.

Congratulations to the big man!

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. All things considered, it has been a rough season for Kenley. I feel bad with the playoffs looming, that the pressure on him is only going to intensify. He says there is no pressure or lack of confidence, but I don’t buy it. But 300 saves………that’s quite a milestone he can be proud of, no matter what happens next. Congratulations Kenley!

    • Well said Bluz1st. Congrats to Kenley, if this team could win a championship, it may qualify him for the Hall. Lee Smith will probably make it if he hasn’t already. Kenley deserves applause from many of us. When he’s down we jump on him, and in all fairness , we should equally appreciate his accomplishments. Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!

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