This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is just stopping short of proclaiming that he’s back. After a career-worst 2019 campaign, the veteran closer — fully healthy and well-rested in the off-season for the first time in years — took the advice of his agent and LA strength coach Brandon McDaniel to have his delivery “analyzed and adjusted” over the winter.
While he spent some deserved time off back home in Curacao, he also made time to visit the Washington-based Driveline Baseball development academy over the winter.
#Dodgers Kenley Jansen made a trip to Driveline this winter, has thrown more than usual in hopes of recapturing his 2014-17 form. How important is that to LAD? Dave Roberts: It’s vital. It’s vital. … to have a guy at the back end with his pedigree it’s vital.”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 15, 2020
According to Ken Gurnick of dodgers.com, Jansen said “the result is a cutter with the rising life of his best years, and not the one that tailed into swing paths last year.”
Again, feels like something we heard often in 2019. However, the former All-Star didn’t visit Driveline in 2019….