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Why Dodgers Fans Love: Our Closer Kenley Jansen

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Jun 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) after the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a great core of players, and a talented roster. That’s why Dodgers Nation has decided to run a ‘Why We Love’ series, featuring some of your favorite Dodgers players. Our third installment focuses on possibly the most popular current Dodgers player. In this installment, we focus on why we love Kenley Jansen.

Some players are beloved merely for their performances. Other players are beloved more because of their personalities. Some players manage to be absolute fire on the field AND still be beloved because of their personalities. Kenley Jansen manages to be one of those few. It is a rare find to have a player be a blend of both of those types of personalities. Kenley Jansen delivers the goods on and off the field.

 

On The Field

Between 2016-17 he racked up 88 saves. If you’re of the mind that the “save” stat isn’t a good measure, fine.

2016 WHIP-   .670

2017 WHIP-   .740

That’s two straight years of having a WHIP under 1. That’s absurd. If you really needed any more, let’s simplify it another way. In 2016 and 2017 he had:

136 IP: 213 K’s, 18BB’s. That’s superhuman. Kenley Jansen is absolutely superhuman.

Off The Field

Kenley Jansen is a family man. He loves his family, and his teammates. He frequently posts on social media with a charisma that even professional media personalities don’t always have. I don’t need to spell this out, in a moment I’ll let Dodger fans spell that out for me.

Why We Love Kenley

AJ Gonzalez: I love that in those exceedingly rare moments where he’s failed or had a bad game, Kenley owns them. Kenley never makes excuses. Where I really love Kenley is actually just his talent. I’ve never seen a cutter like that. I’ve never seen a cutter from a man that size, which so much bite. It slices with more movement than the last time I tried to drive a golfball. Oh, and it goes about 10mph faster (most of the time) than anybody else’s cutter, with more movement. It’s also easy to look past what a great teammate he is, and what a great family man Kenley is.

Clint Evans: “I love Kenley Jansen because as dominant as he’s been for as long as he’s been, he’s down to earth. He loves his family and seems connected to his roots. He’s the perfect California closer. I don’t know how I ever lived with anyone else. Coming out to Tupac is merely the cherry on top. We live a charmed life with this guy closing out wins night in and night out. Kenley Jansen being dependable has directly allowed me to not be more sleep deprecated over the years (being on East Coast time). He is one of the Dodgers I feel most sentimentally strong towards.”

Why You Love Kenley

There you have it. As some of the good baseball fans I know would say, “the closer is the closer, because he is the closer.”

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Written by AJ Gonzalez

AJ is a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in California. His whole family are also lifelong Dodgers fans. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, beagle, and strat.

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