Grant Desme, who left baseball for the priesthood, is back in baseball

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Back in 2010 an Oakland A’s prospect named Grant Desme made headlines when he abruptly quit baseball to join the priesthood. Over the years a few reporters caught up with him and reported back that, no, he did not regret leaving the game. He did, however, eventually leave the seminary before becoming a priest. Not because he wanted to run back to baseball, but because he wanted to get married and be a father.

He has, however, returned to baseball, taking a job last year as the coach of a small Catholic college baseball program in Florida. He has also returned to playing, in the independent Atlantic League, where he is currently hitting .308/.349/.462 with a home run and two steals in 11 games with the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Today R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports has an in-depth story about Desme, his decision to leave the A’s organization all those years ago, his decision to leave the seminary and his decision to return to the game. He also talks about the possibility of a major league team taking a chance on a guy who, even though he is older than Tim Tebow and has been out of the game for so long, was once considered to have an excellent chance at being an everyday big league outfielder.

Take some time this afternoon to read Anderson’s story and get to know Grant Desme.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.