Thirty year-old rookie.
Strange to say but that’s exactly what Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Danny Dorn is.
“I’d prefer to be about a 21-year-old rookie,” Dorn told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM . “That’s not the way it went but I’m just happy and blessed for the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues.”
Dorn was brought up after Ender Inciarte was placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday with a strained left hamstring.
Dorn made his first major league appearance earlier this year, going 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI. In Triple-A Reno, Dorn hit .426 with four home runs 25 RBI in 39 games.
“It’s kind of a hitters’ league,” Dorn said about his stellar numbers with the Aces. “I was just trying to take good at-bats and everything seemed to be falling and I was breaking bats, getting hits. You get lucky sometimes but also take quality at bats. I just want to be competitive and I hope to do the same up here.”
Dorn admits nine years in the Minor Leagues can be discouraging, but the lefty outfielder chooses to look at the big picture.
“At the end of the day you’re playing baseball and I just try to keep that perspective,” Dorn said. “I know my window of opportunity to play this game is a small one and I just try to enjoy it every day. I get to put that uniform on, put those spikes on, get out on the field and play a kid’s game.”
Throughout his career, Dorn has dabbled at first base but in the D-backs system, that position doesn’t provide a lot of room to move up.
“He’s decent over there I guess,” Dorn said about first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. “I don’t think he’s going anywhere.”
All joking aside, he’s glad to have Goldschmidt as a teammate.
“He’s an unbelievable teammate as far as helping guys out and he talks through approach and what he’s looking at in pitchers,” Dorn said. “Everything he does is pretty special. He’s fun to watch and fun to be around and just watching him go about his business makes everyone better.”
Regardless of lengthy minor league career, Dorn isn’t giving up yet.
“At the end of the day you’re going out and playing baseball,” Dorn said. “I’ve been blessed to have the ability to go out on a field and run around. A lot of people are a lot less fortunate than me and I try to keep that in perspective and know that I’m very blessed to just go out and play baseball.”