LOS ANGELES — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen won the 2017 Trevor Hoffman Award, given annually to the top relief pitcher in the National League. He was presented with the award before Game 4 of the World Series in Houston.
The reliever of the year awards — the American League honor is named after Mariano Rivera — are voted on by a panel of former relief pitchers. The group is comprised of Rivera, Hoffman, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, Dennis Eckersley, John Franco, Lee Smith and Billy Wagner.
“This is awesome,” Jansen said. “Just to be sitting here with some of the best relievers in the game.”
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel won the Rivera award.
Jansen, who also won the Hoffman award in 2016, this year beat out fellow finalists Wade Davis of the Cubs and Corey Knebel of the Brewers.
In the regular season Jansen struck out 109 against only seven walks, and tied for the National League lead with 41 saves, in 42 opportunities. He posted a 1.32 ERA and 1.31 FIP, both career bests for a full season.
So far this postseason he has an 0.82 ERA with 14 strikeouts and one walk in 11 innings, appearing in nine of the Dodgers’ 11 games. He has four saves in five opportunities, with Game 2 of the World Series snapping a string of 12 consecutive postseason save opportunities converted to start Jansen’s career, which were a major league record.