The off-court passion of Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen
Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen has used his spare time to explore his passion for music by taking music lessons at Torrance Arts Academy for over three years.
From an early age, music was a common bond between his family in his native Curacao.
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- Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers’ all-time saves leader
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Jansen remembers tents pitched in his uncle’s yard to provide shade for hours of jubilant jam sessions. His cousin wanted him to learn music, but for most of his life baseball was the only interest he pursued.
âI feel like music has always been in me,â Jansen said. “Instead of trying to just listen to it or enjoy it, why not just try it out?”
The discipline and work ethic that led to his success in Major League Baseball translated very well into his music. Jansen’s instructors were impressed with his natural ability to learn quickly.
“He’s probably the hardest working student I’ve ever had,” said Jane Lee, a teacher at Torrance Arts Academy. âHe’s progressing at a very fast pace and it’s all due to his hard work. “
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jansen began taking virtual bass guitar lessons. His bass also traveled with him to spring training. It was a timely activity to resume when off-field entertainment was minimized.
âI felt like he was doing well enough that he really enjoyed playing music with other people,â said Hubie Wang, Jansen’s bass teacher. “We called up some friends and other teachers who were here at school and started jamming with him whenever he had time.”
His baseball habits continued in his new quest. Wang noted that Jansen records and documents all training sessions to find areas for improvement. He essentially organizes his own cinema sessions to improve âhis gameâ.
What started out as a mind-clearing baseball activity has evolved into another competitive tool.
âEvery time you jam, you can’t have other thoughts on your mind. You just have to have peace of mind, âJansen said.
His focus on the mound benefited from his spontaneous jam sessions.
In baseball, he proved his talent and carved out a place for himself in Dodger history. In the studio, he prays quickly, laughs and hopes to pull off his next bass solo without faltering.
He is delighted to be a part of the group, humbly trying to improve himself every day. His passion for baseball and music mixed and complemented each other without seeing it, creating a balanced lifestyle that most cannot find in the spotlight that comes with being a major leaguer.