Higher Calling for A's Top Prospect

January 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might've gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring. Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling.                   |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the priesthood, walking away after a breakout season in which he became MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

A lifelong Catholic, Desme thought about becoming a priest for about a year and a half. He kept his path quiet within the sports world, and his plan to enter a seminary this summer startled the A's when he told them Thursday night.


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