Curaçaoan professional baseball pitcher Kenley Geronimo Jansen is a member of the Atlanta Braves of the Major League Baseball (MLB).
He was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the past. In 2004, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Kenley Geronimo Jansen as an undrafted free agent.
Three-time All-Star and NL Reliever of the Year in the National League. A year ago, Jansen became the 30th pitcher in the history of the sport to record 300 saves.
Kenley Jansen was born in Curaçao and raised in Willemstad as the youngest of three sons of Isidor and Bernadette Jansen.
He graduated from Willemstad High School in 1997. Before having a stroke when Kenley was 12 years old, his father worked in the construction industry, and his mother worked as a travel agent.
He began playing baseball at the age of six, and after meeting Andrelton Simmons, he was moved from the outfield to third base.
As a member of the Atlanta Braves, Jansen has also appeared at first base and as a catcher. During the 2018 MLB Players Weekend,
Jansen donned the moniker “KENLEYFORNIA” on his jersey, which is a mashup of the words “Kenley” and “California,” and was a nod to the song “California Love” by 2Pac and Dr Dre, which played during Jansen’s entrance.
Following his signing with the Atlanta Braves, Jansen performed the song “Welcome to Atlanta” by Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.
How Much Does Kenley Jansen Make?
Kenley Jansen’s annual salary is $20,000,000, which includes a $0 signing bonus.