Home never far from Jansen's thoughts

Kenley Jansen, closer, Dodgers
Hometown: Willemstad, Curacao

Jansen wears home on his back -- No. 74, his house number in Curacao.

That's where Jansen grew up playing the game -- originally as a catcher -- and that's where his heart is throughout the season.

When Jansen was 12, his father suffered a stroke, keeping him out of work and leaving Janen's mother, Bernadette, to support three children on her own.

Jansen vowed to help support his hard-working mother, and after signing with the Dodgers as a 17-year-old in 2004, he began sending paychecks her way to help pay for their house.

Eventually, the Dodgers converted Jansen from a catcher to a pitcher, and he arrived to the Major Leagues in 2010, where he's been ever since, now serving as the closer. All the while, he sent checks back home.

"What kind of boy today does something like that?" Bernadette told The Los Angeles Times. "But he kept saying, 'Mama, I want to finish what you started. ... I want to pay off the mortgage.'"

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.