This could only happen to the Oakland A's …

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Prospectors don’t often have to deal with this one, but it seems like it’s always something if you’re an Oakland A’s fan these days.

Grant Desme, an outfielder in the Athletics organization who hit .288 with 31 home runs and stole 40 bases last season, is retiring at age 24.


He’s going to become a priest.

Desme appears on 63 cards, 32 of those autographed. Baseball America ranked him eighth among Oakland’s top 10 prospects.

Last season, the A’s finished last in the AL West, 22 games back.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at


Good for him for following his heart.

Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

I agree.

Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

probably never would have made it in baseball anyway

Posted January 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

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