Good-bye, Kenley Jansen

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered their first loss of the spring to the Seattle Mariners 6-to-5. Despite both Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger had two hits each, the Dodgers could not make up for a poor outing by their top pitching prospect Ryan Pepoit.

Late Friday night, the Kenley Jansen as the Dodger closer era ended. Jansen signed a one-year $16 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Jansen, 34, used his famous cutter to become the Dodger all-time leader in saves with 350, a record that probably will not be broken. In his twelve-year Dodger tenure, Jansen almost was guaranteed to nail down a Dodger victory. Although he struggled in both 2019 and 2020, Jansen recaptured his magic when he began using his slider more and his velocity returned. The Dodgers did not know whether Jansen can maintain his newfound success.

Now, who will close for the Dodgers is the biggest question the team faces in this abbreviated spring training, but the team has many candidates. As spring training progresses, the new Dodger closer will emerge.

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