When Kenley Jansen made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010, no one thought he could get 400 career saves.
But after many years of being a dominant relief pitcher, he has finally reached that magic number.
Now a member of the Boston Red Sox, Jansen recorded his 400th career save on Wednesday night.
That makes Jansen only the seventh player in the history of baseball with 400+ career saves.
His first save came back in 2010 in his first MLB season.
MLB Vault pulled out the video of Jansen getting save number one against the Mets.
#TBT to when Kenley Jansen, baseball’s newest member of the 400-save club, recorded his first career save back in 2010. pic.twitter.com/bWVYobrm10
— MLB Vault (@MLBVault) May 11, 2023
To this day, Jansen still has the same throwing motion from when he started his career.
Despite being 35 years old, Jansen is still an elite closer.
He showed last season in Atlanta that he still has it, by leading the National League in saves with 41.
Now he already has nine saves this season as a member of the Red Sox.
Depending on how the rest of this season goes, Jansen might be able to catch Billy Wagner for sixth all-time.
Wagner finished his career with 422 saves, and Jansen could find himself with the opportunity for 23 more this year.
Having a shutdown closer is becoming foreign in the MLB.
Many teams are now subscribing to the theory that closer-by-committee is the way to go.
Instead, players like Jansen, Emmanuel Clase, and Josh Hader continue to prove why dominant closers are invaluable.
Jansen has been a great closer for a very long time, and one day might find himself in Cooperstown.
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