Friday, January 22, 2010

Prospecting Gone Wrong: Grant Desme

Normally it's an injury or simple lack of elite-level skill that causes a prospect to leave baseball. As of today you can add a new reason: priesthood. Grant Desme, a 23-year-old prospect in the Oakland A's system has retired to join the ranks of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict approves.


The A's second-round pick in the 2007 draft, Desme was the only 30-30 player in the Minors last year, racking up 31 homers and 40 stolen bases for Kane County and Stockton. Desme also struck out 148 times.

Desme has appeared in a handful of Minor League sets (including autographs):2007 TriStar Prospects Plus, 2008 Just Autographs, 2008 TriStar PROjections and, most recently, 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. I wouldn't be surprised if Desme gets a bit of a following due to the move, but anyone holding out on him becoming a star are bound to be disappointed.

Although not a Catholic myself, I've always admired athletes for sticking to what they believe in, Muhammad Ali being the biggest example. Would Jose Canseco fit in this category too, in some twisted way?


5 comments:

Field of Cards said...

Wouldn't Desme better serve the Church by using his God given talent to earn a large paycheck through Major League baseball?

He could then donate a massive amount of money to the Church, the poor, the helpless etc.

He would also have a much larger platform to spread his religion.

Wouldn't a player who donated nearly all his millions to the cause of God and happiness impact the country on a huge scale?

People would be amazed and inspired at his Faith and generosity.

Also, did he receive a large amount of money for signing with the A's and if so is he returning that money? It seems to me he would have a moral obligation to do so.

I'm not quite sure why everyone is so impressed with his decision. It effectively reduces his ability to spread good.

To each their own. He's the Cat Stevens of baseball.

I'll probably get slammed for even suggesting this isn't a wonderful choice he's made.

The Wax Wombat said...

Ehhh, I think that depends on how exactly he wants to do good. Sure, he can make money in baseball and spread it around. That, however, keeps him away from the church (being on the road and all). If he wants to be a priest, more power to him. Heck, if a baseball player of any caliber left to do something they love doing (talent or no), more power to them. It's all about personal choice, I guess.

StorageCraft said...

Well making money is totally upon the perspective with which he aims his life. No one change ones perspective. it is the experience which can make him achieve great heights.

The Mojo Hand said...

Maybee he can be the one to stop the Talmuds from entering the sacred chamber..

Or have they already taken over..

T.M.H

Pete said...

Did he receive a large amount of money for signing with the A's and if so is he returning that money? It seems to me he would have a moral obligation to do so.