BYU Student Turned Down Major Leagues for Mission, Gets Second Shot at Dream

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    After making the hardest decision of his life, Jacob Hannemann decided to serve a full-time mission instead of taking the Kansas City Royals offer and playing baseball in the Major Leagues. But, Jacob’s dreams didn’t end there.

    Shayli Hannemann and her husband Jacob had just settled into a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina apartment when she received a call from her husband informing her they were moving again. Jacob was being called up to the Chicago Cubs Double-A team, the Tennessee Smokies.

    The news came as a surprise to both of them. Before everything could settle in, Jacob was on a plane to join his new team and Shayli was left to pack and move their lives to Tennessee.

    “It’s hard not knowing what is going to happen,” Shayli said.

    But not knowing is nothing new for the Hannemanns.

    The Kansas City Royals drafted Jacob after graduating from Lone Peak High School in  2010. He had to choose between serving a mission for the LDS Church and continuing his education or taking a chance at a professional baseball career right out of high school. Jacob rejected the draft and accepted a full-tuition scholarship to play baseball and football for BYU. The scholarship was held for Hannemann while he served a two-year mission in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Read the full article at TheDigitalUniverse.


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