59 Facts About Kenley Jansen


Kenley Geronimo Jansen was born on September 30,1987 and is a Curacaoan professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball.

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Kenley Jansen served as the Dodgers' closer since 2012, and led the National League in saves in 2017.

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Kenley Jansen is a three-time MLB All-Star and two-time NL Reliever of the Year.

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Kenley Jansen was born in Willemstad, Curacao, the youngest of three sons of Isidor and Bernadette Kenley Jansen.

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Kenley Jansen's father worked in construction until suffering a stroke when Kenley was 12; his mother is a travel agent.

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Kenley Jansen grew up as a Braves fan, because the team's games were broadcast in Curacao on TBS.

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Kenley Jansen began playing baseball at the age of six, alongside his brothers.

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Kenley Jansen then met Andrelton Simmons, and was shifted to third base.

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Kenley Jansen was signed as an undrafted free agent catcher by the Dodgers organization on November 17,2004, and was assigned to the Rookie Class Gulf Coast Dodgers, where he played in 37 games and hit.

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Kenley Jansen had two hits in 11 at-bats in three games for Ogden.

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Kenley Jansen was back with the Gulf Coast team the following season, hitting.

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Kenley Jansen was selected to the mid-season Midwest League All-Star game.

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Kenley Jansen began 2009 with the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, but hit just.

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Kenley Jansen continued the conversion in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas.

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Kenley Jansen was added to the Dodgers 40-man roster on November 19,2009.

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Kenley Jansen started with Inland Empire again and allowed only five runs in 18 innings while striking out 28 batters.

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Kenley Jansen pitched 27 innings in 22 games for the Lookouts, with a 1.

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In May 2012, Kenley Jansen became the Dodgers' closer after Javy Guerra struggled in the role.

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Kenley Jansen began 2013 as the setup man in the bullpen but resumed the role as closer when League struggled.

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Kenley Jansen did not allow any runs, in three appearances in the 2013 National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves but was less effective in the Championship Series against the Cardinals, allowing two runs in two innings.

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On February 11,2014, Kenley Jansen avoided his first arbitration hearing by signing a $4.

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Kenley Jansen became just the fourth Dodger pitcher in history with 40+ saves in a season, joining Eric Gagne, Todd Worrell and Jeff Shaw.

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Kenley Jansen only pitched one inning in the NLDS against the Cardinals.

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Kenley Jansen struck out 23 batters in his first 14 games of the season, without giving up a single walk.

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Kenley Jansen struck out 80 batters, while only walking 8 all season.

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Kenley Jansen became the first Dodgers pitcher with five seasons of 80 or more strikeouts in relief.

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On June 20,2016, Kenley Jansen picked up his 162nd career save against the Washington Nationals, breaking the all-time franchise record held by Eric Gagne.

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Kenley Jansen was selected to the National League team for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first all-star selection.

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On June 2,2017, Kenley Jansen recorded his 36th strikeout of the season, setting an MLB season record for most strikeouts without giving up a walk.

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Kenley Jansen pitched in 65 games for the Dodgers in 2017, with five wins, a 1.

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Kenley Jansen started the playoffs by finishing all three games of the Dodgers 2017 NLDS sweep of the Diamondbacks.

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Kenley Jansen allowed two runs to score, including a solo homer by Marwin Gonzalez in Game Two of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros.

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Kenley Jansen was bothered by an injury during spring training and was slow-played after his 2017 workload, resulting in two blown saves during a shaky April.

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Kenley Jansen turned it around in May, June and July and was chosen for his third straight all-star game in 2018.

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Kenley Jansen struggled upon returning, losing his first two games back and blowing a save in his third.

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Kenley Jansen was effective against Atlanta and Milwaukee in the postseason, not allowing a run, but again struggled in the 2018 World Series, blowing two save opportunities as he allowed game-tying home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Kenley Jansen recorded two extended saves in a series against the Mets, with a 5-out save in the first game of the series and a 4-out save in the fourth game.

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Kenley Jansen debuted the intentional balk in the top of the ninth against the Chicago Cubs on June 15,2019.

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Kenley Jansen was late reporting to camp after the pandemic-imposed shutdown, suffering with a COVID-19 infection, which affected his conditioning during the shutdown.

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Kenley Jansen picked up a save and pitched three perfect innings over three games in the NLCS.

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In Game 4 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Kenley Jansen blew his fourth career World Series save, setting a new World Series record.

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Kenley Jansen signed a one-year contract worth $16 million with the Atlanta Braves on March 18,2022.

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Kenley Jansen collected the save against his former team, retiring former Brave Freddie Freeman for the final out of the game.

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Kenley Jansen has represented the Netherlands at three of the four World Baseball Classic's.

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Kenley Jansen was a late addition to the Netherlands national baseball team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, he had transitioned to pitching in late 2009, he was added to the roster for the semi-finals but did not appear in the game.

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Kenley Jansen appeared in the team's game against Team Puerto Rico, which including Dodgers teammate Kike Hernandez.

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Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless 9th inning, striking out two, but team Netherlands lost on a walk off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.

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Kenley Jansen relies almost exclusively on a cut fastball that mostly ranges from 90 to 94 miles per hour.

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Kenley Jansen's other main pitch is a slider in the low to mid 80s.

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Kenley Jansen was diagnosed in 2011 with an irregular heartbeat, and he missed some time that season while he was placed on blood thinners to prevent clots.

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On October 24,2012, Kenley Jansen underwent a 3-hour catheter ablation procedure in which Koonwalee Nademanee identified abnormal tissue in his left atrium and cauterized it to stop it from generating abnormal electrical signals.

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Kenley Jansen suffered a recurrence of his irregular heartbeat prior to a game in Denver on August 9,2018.

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Kenley Jansen was placed on the 10-day disabled list and the team reported he would likely miss a month of the season.

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Kenley Jansen gave up four home runs in his first two outings back, blowing both save opportunities, and after he protested the effects of his medication his doctors switched him to aspirin.

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Kenley Jansen completed the season and provided scoreless relief in seven of nine postseason appearances, allowing two runs in 10.

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Kenley Jansen dedicated himself to a healthier diet after recovering from the operation and reported to spring training 25 pounds lighter.

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On July 12,2020, Kenley Jansen reported to summer training camp for the first time after recovering from COVID-19.

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Kenley Jansen spends most of his off-season break back home in Curacao.

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Kenley Jansen has two daughters, Natalia Hannah Jansen, who was born on March 16,2013, and Key'Gia Keziah Jansen born on September 12,2021 and two sons, Kaden Isaiah Jansen, born on August 16,2015, and Kyrian Jeremiah Jansen, born on August 22,2018.

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