The Priesthood Wins Out Over Baseball?!

A's OF Prospect Grant Desme

A's OF Prospect Grant Desme

This week a top OF prospect in the A’s farm system by the name of Grant Desme (23) has decided to leave baseball to pursue a higher calling. The 8th ranked player in the Oakland A’s system was looking like he could get the call to join the major league team during spring training, but now that will never happen…

This decision was made after Desme was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League this past season where he hit .315 with a league-leading 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 27 games.

“I was doing well at ball. But I really had to get down to the bottom of things,” the 23-year-old Desme said. “I wasn’t at peace with where I was at.”

On becoming a priest, he said, “It’s about a 10-year process, I desire and hope I become a priest.” In a way, he added, it’s like “re-entering the minor leagues.”

General manager Billy Beane “was understanding and supportive,” Desme said, but the decision “sort of knocked him off his horse.” After the talk, Desme felt “a great amount of peace.”

“I love the game, but I aspire to higher things,” he said. “I know I have no regrets.”
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