Last October I wrote about an A’s prospect that was bashing his way through the Arizona Fall League. Grant Desme was named as the MVP of the AFL this year and recently was named the 8th best prospect in the A’s organization. He should have easily gotten a call up this season after going .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in A ball in 2009. He was slated to open the season in AAA, but the A’s got some interesting news from Grant during the week.
Grant has decided to become a priest and quit baseball effective immediately. He released the following statement yesterday:
“I’m doing well in baseball,” he said. “But I had to get down to the bottom of things, to what was good in my life, what I wanted to do with my life. Baseball is a good thing, but that felt selfish of me when I felt that God was calling me more. It took awhile to trust that and open up to it and aim full steam toward him.
“I love the game, but I’m going to aspire to higher things.”
A’s GM Billy Beane was shocked at hearing the news, but understood that Desme was doing what he felt was right for himself. It’s hard for me to understand why a person would give up his career in baseball to become a priest, but I guess it’s not for me to understand. As for the hundreds of people who are prospectors, they must be seething at this development, especially after the season he had last year. His cards had been steadily climbing over the past few months, now, you can rip them in half because unless he becomes Pope, his cards are pretty much worthless.