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Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Becomes Dodgers’ All-Time Saves Leader

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Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked up his 19th save of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that wasn’t the main headline to take away from the game. Jansen tied Éric Gagné for the most saves in Dodgers history with No. 161.

Jansen would have to wait until the series opener vs. the Washington Nationals to break the record. In the top of the 9th inning, Jansen retired Nationals Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos. On the last out, Anthony Rendon grounded out to end the game on Friday night with a 4-1 victory. Jansen walked away with a win and save No. 162.

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Jansen now holds the record as the all-time saves leader in Dodgers history.

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Although Gagné, who played with the Dodgers from 1999-2006, still holds the records for most single-season saves (55 in 2003, 46 in 2002, and 45 in 2004); Jansen achieved 44 saves in 2014, which ranks fourth on the Dodgers’ all-time saves list.

To get to 162 saves it took Jansen 178 fewer innings to complete. Gagné recorded 161 saves in 545 and 1/3 innings while Jansen recorded 162 saves in 367 and 1/3 innings.

Paying players has been a priority ever since the Dodgers changed ownership in 2012, and hopefully they’ll look to lock up Jansen in the near future. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.

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Written by Noah Friedman

Native Angeleno, adopted Phoenician. I'm going into my junior year at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I study sports journalism while covering a multitude of Sun Devils sports. Follow me on Twitter @OPannouncer!

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