Oakland prospect gives up game for priesthood

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A top prospect with the Oakland Athletics is retiring from baseball to become a priest, the major league team said in a statement on Friday.

The Athletics said 23-year-old Grant Desme, an outfielder it selected in the 2007 draft and the most valuable player in the 2009 Arizona Fall League, had decided to enter the priesthood.

"We respect Grant's decision and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," Billy Beane, Oakland's general manager, said in a statement.

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)