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Kenley Jansen 3rd in IBWAA NL Relief Pitcher of the Year

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Jansen saved a career-high 44 games in 2014 for the Dodgers.

Harry How

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen finished in third place in voting for the National League Hoyt Wilhelm Relief Pitcher of the Year from the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America on Sunday.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel won the award for a fourth straight season, with Reds ace fireman Aroldis Chapman finishing second.

Jansen was 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-high 44 saves in 49 opportunities for the Dodgers in 2014 with 101 strikeouts and 19 walks in 65⅓ innings. His 407 strikeouts from 2011-2014 are the most ever by a Dodgers relief pitcher over a four-year period.

Jansen was sixth among major league relief pitchers in strikeouts, and second in the National League to Chapman, who struck out 106 for Cincinnati.

As an IBWAA member, I voted on all the National League awards. I had Chapman first among NL relievers, followed by Kimbrel and Jansen. It was close among Chapman and Kimbrel, but I was blown away by Chapman striking out over half the batters he faced, 106 of 202 (52.5 percent, the highest strikeout rate in major league history.

For NL Rookie of the Year, I voted for Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, followed by Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta. The award, announced Monday, went to deGrom.