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Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Hot Seat: Grant VanPutten

Photo by Jeff Wohl.

Sydney Chipman sat down with sophomore baseball player Grant VanPutten, an outfielder who started in 33 games last season and had the highest batting average of the team with .354. This is Hot Seat.

Chipman: So how old are you?

VanPutten: 19. May 26 is my birthday.

Where are you from?  

Holland, Michigan.

How many siblings do you have?

One younger sister named Laura.

What’s your major?


Why Calvin College?

I wanted to come to a smaller school so I could not only play baseball but also have some sort of a life outside of baseball. I love it here.

How long have you been playing baseball?


What are your thoughts about this season and this year’s team?

I’m very excited about this year. We are going to win a lot of games and we are still young. It is going to be a lot of fun.

If you could play any other sport here, which would you play?

I would run track for sure. If I could do both I would…

Favorite color?

Blue I guess.

Favorite book?

“I Spy.”

Favorite music?


Favorite song?

“Outside” by Hollywood Undead.

Favorite TV show?


Favorite sports team?

Atlanta Braves, Miami Heat and Tigers.

What do you hope your life to look like in five years?

Getting paid to play baseball.

What’s the best thing about Calvin College?

My friends and the people here, for sure.

Who’s the best professor here?

Professor Miller…Hopefully he sees this and boosts my Spanish grade. I need all the help I can get. Ayudame.

Favorite quote?

“It’s whatever..”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

A couple years ago playing basketball against our high school girls’ team and a chick literally broke my ankles… I needed crutches for a couple weeks.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Mila Kunis, Kate Upton … I could go on all day….

If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, and have a conversation with them, who would it be?


If you were asked to give up your laptop or your phone, which would you choose?

My phone…I don’t have a smartphone….

Commons or Knollcrest?


Best Calvin dorm?


Michigan or Michigan State?


Favorite animal?

My dog.

Favorite cartoon show?

Magic Schoolbus way back when…

Favorite food?


Are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable?

Not sure… they are delicious…..

You and your team were stranded somewhere remote and deserted but were finally found and rescued. However, there’s not enough room with the rescuers. Who would you leave behind?

I’m not sure … not me…..

Favorite “chick flick”?

“Friends with Benefits” (Or anything else with Mila Kunis).

Best date you ever went on?

Girls scare me.

Worst date you ever went on?

All my dates are awesome.

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