Dude Who Quit Oakland A’s For Priesthood Speaks

Grant Desme, the Oakland A’s prospect who recently gave up baseball to consider entering the priesthood, guested on the nationally-syndicated Dan Patrick radio show today.

Grant Desme

One of many interesting and somewhat quizzical comments from Desme to Patrick:

It was, um, I could just tell from prayer. Praying is just…especially after having such a…I mean, God blessed me with an amazing season and an even better fall league. And it just wasn’t, wasn’t it. I mean, I wasn’t really at peace with it, and I could tell, I felt like God was calling me to more, especially after having a really successful season. I really felt like if that was where God wanted me to be, I would have been at peace with it and really content.

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around why Desme made his decision. His comments to Patrick about leaving baseball for the priesthood left me a lot more questions than answers.

We’ve transcribed the complete interview after the jump and you can go here for audio.

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports today:

Grant Desme

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Outfielder Grant Desme, one of the Oakland A’s top prospects, has decided to retire from baseball in order to pursue the priesthood. An A’s official confirmed Desme’s decision this morning, saying the 23-year-old is “serious” about the big career change.

After batting .288 with 31 home runs in 131 games in A-ball last year, Desme opened eyes with stellar play in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the prospect-laden league MVP award. Baseball America currently has him pegged as the #8 prospect in the A’s chain.

He played so well in the fall that the A’s were seriously considering inviting him to major league spring training this season.

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