Schuster: Jordan Danks Fighting To Play With Older Brother

By David Schuster-

GLENDALE, ARIZ (CBS) -The resemblance is amazing.

John and Jordan Danks are brothers separated by three years but they look like twins. Jordan is the baby of the two even though he is a few inches taller and about 30 pounds heavier. But the faces are carbon copies and both have that same Texas drawl.

John recently struck it rich in the majors after signing his recent 5-year, $65 million deal, and Jordan is hoping to join his big brother in the Majors.

“That’s the dream right there,” Jordan said. “It definitely would be awesome to join John. It was fun when we played back in high school and it has also been fun being with him the last couple of spring trainings. Even last year when he had a couple of rehab starts at Charlotte, we got to play together again and that was awesome, too. To both be in the majors on the same team would be the ultimate.”

The brothers work out during the off season back home in Texas, and that also means facing each other in the batting cage. John didn’t want to talk about the one-on-one battles, but Jordan certainly did.

“He didn’t want to answer the question because he knows the answer,” Jordan said. “John started throwing batting practice against me one day and I started hitting him too well so then he started spinning some curve balls and that was the end of that”.

Jordan is major-league ready with his defense, but it’s his hitting that is holding him back. He’s has a penchant for striking out way too much and it definitely bothers him.

“That is one thing that I need to cut down on,” Jordan said. “I’ve never liked striking out. Even back in high school and college ball it was always an embarrassment to me and I hated walking back to the dugout. It’s something that I need to take care of.”

And is Jordan setting a time table for his arrival with the big club?

“I’m not setting any kind of time line, but I would like to get there as soon as possible,” he said. “I’m just trying to play my best ball and make the decision as hard for them as possible. Then, I’ll just go from there”.

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    david schuster:
    nowhere did i read the word “fighting” mentioned by jordan danks.. how you got to that word is.. well.. befuddling at best.
    baseball players are always using the wrong words to describe whatever actions they are trying to master.. “fighting” is a perfect example. the best fighter in the world has no shot whateve to hit at the mlb level. so “fighting” is not applicable.. sorry.
    “working hard ” is another phrase that ir irrelevant, immaterial & inconsequential to becoming the best hitter you can be. i’d rather hear how a player has learned to work SMART. the map down that road starts with realizing what doesn’t matter, as opposed to what does matter most: what is the goal-specific task at hand: & that is figuring out how to maximize your batspeed. if everything you do is in relation to implementing actions which make your bat go faster, only then can you be described as working smart. so many players fail themselves in that respect.
    jordan danks is striking out waytoomuch, whicch is an indication he is getting bad results. when you get bad result, you are doing something wrong. his prime objective is to hope someone can give him the correct information so he can make his bat go faster, which will get his bat to more pitches on time. best of luck with that.

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