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Mark Grace continues rebuild of his coaching career after serving DUI sentence

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Grace vows to never have a mug shot required of him again.

Grace vows to never have a mug shot required of him again.

Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Mark Grace is slowly returning to “baseball normalcy” as he comes up on a year since he began serving a 4-month jail sentence as a repeat offender for Driving Under the influence.  According to Matt Snyder of CBS Sports “Eye on Baseball”, Grace was named hitting instructor for the Hillsboro Hops (A, Oregon) within Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  Last year he was a hitting assistant during the Diamondbacks training camp (during the days, as at night he was required to check in to serve his sentence) and carried on the role throughout the summer without a team to call home.

Grace was a 3-time All-Star and a key contributor to the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks team that dethroned the New York Yankees in one of the more memorable World Series of the past two decades.  He transitioned to broadcasting, both for the Diamondbacks and nationally on Fox Regional coverage, before the two DUI arrests in a 15-month span.  As our Blog reported last March (from the Chicago Tribune), he is very contrite and seems to have turned his life around.

The cop didn’t screw me. The judge didn’t screw me. The prosecutor didn’t screw me. It’s a lesson learned, and especially out here. These laws out here, they don’t mess around. I knew that. You can sit here and make all the excuses you want. But at the end of the day, it’s my fault. I did it, and I’m going to pay my debt to the state of Arizona and be done with it. And it will never happen again. I can promise you it will never happen again, because if it happens again I’m going to prison for like two years, and my children deserve better than that. My friends deserve better than that.

Hopefully he’s right, and hopefully he contributes to the development of the next generation of hitters, as he was one of the better technical hitters of his era.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

One Response to Mark Grace continues rebuild of his coaching career after serving DUI sentence

  • Hoping Grace makes it back in the Major Leagues as a coach or manager, or on TV. He is hilarious to listen to, as he has the best stories of when he was in the majors. He was a heck of a ball player as well.

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