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A's MVP Desme retires for priesthood
MLB.com ^ | 01/22/2010 | Danny Wild

Posted on 01/22/2010 4:05:34 PM PST by iowamark

Top Oakland prospect had breakout season in '09

The Oakland A's had high expectations for Grant Desme following a breakout 2009 season, including a potential invite to Spring Training. On Friday, the California native told the club he had other plans.

Desme, a former second-round pick and one of Oakland's top outfield prospects, announced Friday morning that he is retiring from baseball and becoming a priest.

"I love the game, but I aspire to higher things," Desme said during a media conference call. "I really kept this to myself, I kept it from the baseball community. Not many people knew."

The slugging 23-year-old, who won Arizona Fall League MVP honors in 2009, said he knew he was likely done with baseball when he finished his stint in Arizona two months ago.

"I do love the game, but I have no regrets," Desme said. "I called yesterday to inform [A's general manager Billy Beane] of my decision, knowing I'd be done with baseball for the rest of my life after that call. I was able to experience a great amount of peace because of it -- it reconfirmed my decision. I think I'd detached myself from baseball a while ago."

The 6-foot-2 outfielder said the team was "very understanding and supportive" in his decision.

Desme enjoyed a breakout season in '09, batting .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in 131 games between Class A Kane County and Class A Advanced Stockton. His 40 stolen bases made him Minor League Baseball's only 30-30 player in '09.

"Last year before the season, I had a really strong feel of calling and strong desire to follow it," said Desme, who began the season in the Midwest League. "I guess in a way I fought it. God blessed me, I had a better year than I could have ever imagined. It reconfirmed my desire even more. I wasn't at peace with where I was at, I felt I was called to more."

The outfielder said he'd been contemplating his career as a priest for over a year. A separated shoulder in 2008 limited him to just two games, but more importantly, it gave him time to reflect on his life and goals.

"My injuries were the biggest blessings that God's ever given me," he said. "For my entire life, baseball's been my life. I've defined myself as a baseball player. When it was taken away, it was kind of an eye opener, a real shock. Either way, if I played in the big leagues and became a Hall of Famer, you never know when it's going to end. I started doing some soul searching about who I was, and this is where its led me."

The former slugger visited St. Michael's Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Silverado, Calif. following the AFL season, and that's where he'll begin what he hopes is a 10-year journey to becoming a Catholic priest.

Desme, who said his relationships with teammates in the Minors helped steer him toward the priesthood, gained increased attention in Arizona. He was the AFL Player of the Week on Oct. 29, was named an AFL Rising Star on Nov. 2 and was selected to the AFL All-Prospect Team on Dec. 9. He began the AFL season on a huge power surge, hitting 10 homers in 10 games by the end of October. He led the AFL with 72 total bases while ranking second in RBIs (27) and runs scored (30).

"Grant Desme performed far beyond his experience during his six weeks in Arizona this fall," AFL director Steve Cobb said in November. "For a young man who has yet to face Double-A and Triple-A competition, his success against an array of the game's top prospects was remarkable."

Despite his success on the field, Desme said he never considered trying to stay in baseball while dedicating himself to his faith.

"I wanted to give my life completely to God for love, for everything he has done for me," Desme said. "I'm very thankful for that. Something like this is very little in comparison to what he has done for me.

"It's about 10 year process of studying, so in reality, this is kind of a comparison," he added. "It's like I'm re-entering the Minor Leagues."


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: grantdesme; mlb; priesthood; sports
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http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/oakland-prospect-retires-to-join-priesthood/
“”In a conference call with reporters, [Grant Desme] said he would join St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, Calif., this August.””

http://www.abbeynews.net/index.html
“St. Michael’s Abbey”

My oldest son Mike, 18, flew out to California on Wednesday to spend a week with the Norbertines at St. Michael's Abby. I talked to him today. He is having a great visit, and said he's been sitting with Grant Desme, who is now a novice, at all the meals.

Mike is really impressed with the prayerful monastic life of these men. The abby celebrates a Latin Novus ordo mass daily, and the Traditional Latin Mass is offered privately by many of their priests. They celebrate the TLM on Sundays at 6 or 7 locations in the LA area.

The Norbertines require their candidates to complete two years of college prior to entering the novitiate. Mike is going to start Christendom this fall, and hopes to enter St. Michael's Abby in two years. Please keep him in your prayers.

21 posted on 05/13/2011 6:08:04 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM ("Sola Ecclesia")
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To: iowamark

I just don’t understand how he could be admitted; he was observed to successfully steal 40 times. Has he no shame? Thievery is wrong, has he repented of these sins?!!

Freegards


22 posted on 05/13/2011 7:07:28 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Brian, that is so cool! What a wonderful thing, to have the call. We’ll defintely pray for him here.

And regarding Mr. Desme, I have to add that this is my favorite part in this article:
“”I wanted to give my life completely to God for love, for everything he has done for me,” Desme said. “I’m very thankful for that. Something like this is very little in comparison to what he has done for me.”

We could all give Him more. I looked seriously at the Franciscans in my youth, but didn’t hear the call. I have always admired those who do, and pray for them.

God bless you, and yours.


23 posted on 05/13/2011 9:25:24 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

**The former slugger visited St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Silverado, Calif. following the AFL season, and that’s where he’ll begin what he hopes is a 10-year journey to becoming a Catholic priest.**

It was the line that about the Norbertines that caught my attention the second time I read this.

May God bless Desme as well as your son.


24 posted on 05/14/2011 7:27:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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25 posted on 05/14/2011 7:30:59 AM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: iowamark

Priesthood bump!


26 posted on 05/14/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

I will!

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27 posted on 05/14/2011 8:05:35 AM PDT by Tefilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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28 posted on 05/14/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: iowamark

This is a heart warming story, especially when it happens to some other team’s top prospect.


29 posted on 05/14/2011 8:20:01 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: choirboy; Borax Queen
Hmmm ... He’s leaving the A’s to become a Padre.

LOL! Right on!

Seriously, I wish this fellow all the best and will pray that Our Lady will accompany him in his pursuit of the holy priesthood.

30 posted on 05/14/2011 8:59:37 AM PDT by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles"..... Fr. A. Saenz)
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To: kstewskis

bttt!


31 posted on 05/14/2011 10:33:34 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

I’ve been praying for your son & will continue. God bless all good men entering the priesthood.

Dr Kopp, I can only imagine how you feel. Humbled yet proud, maybe?!?!? All I can say is “wow”.


32 posted on 05/14/2011 11:17:08 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue
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To: AnAmericanMother
The thought that ran through my head also, Saint Vianney!
33 posted on 05/14/2011 11:05:11 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
The thought that ran through my head also, Saint Vianney!
34 posted on 05/14/2011 11:05:22 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: choirboy

lol

At least he wasn’t a hockey player for the New Jersey Devils.


35 posted on 05/14/2011 11:08:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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36 posted on 05/14/2011 11:10:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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:)


37 posted on 05/15/2011 10:51:11 AM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: Diago

bump!


38 posted on 05/23/2011 6:25:02 PM PDT by Akron Al (Discover Matt Ryan)
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