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Mark Grace has a job in baseball again

Dec 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Mark Grace mugshot

Mark Grace, who went from the Diamondbacks’ broadcast booth to a prison cell due to multiple drunk driving convictions has a job in baseball once again. The Hillsboro Hops of the single-A Northwest League have announced that Grace will be their hitting instructor for 2014.

The Hops are affiliated with the Diamondbacks, a team which did not abandon Grace when his problems with alcohol became incompatible with his job as a team broadcaster. They allowed him to work as an instructor during spring training, when he was getting work-release passes from jail. Their loyalty to Grace in this regard is admirable and, quite possibly, vital to his recovery and rehabilitation.


  1. sometimesimisscandlestick - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The Hops had a good first season. Their park is very nice, especially for a single A team.

  2. assuredsvcsllc - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I’m sorry, I cannot pass up the irony that a man with a drinking problem is working for an organization whose mascot is a primary ingredient in beer.

    • dluxxx - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I was thinking the exact same thing. Is that like a violation of his parole?

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      That’s nothing. My dad went to prison for selling crack, got out, became a plumber. No lie.

      *Everything about that isn’t true.

      • km9000 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        I guess it’s better than the opposite, although that would make for a potential Breaking Bad ripoff.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        I admire you for overcoming so much imagined adversity.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        It’s tough being born a slave… consumerism.

  3. hojo20 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    The big question….Will Grace drink anything with Hops and then drive?

    • gbrim - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      An O’Douls or a Kaliber would be just fine, if he were so inclined.

  4. karlkolchak - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Grace to Infielder who just botched a ground ball: “What happened son?”

    Infielder: “It took a bad hop on me, coach.”

    Grace: “I know the feeling.”

  5. billybawl - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Good on the Diamondbacks, and hope Grace makes it work. Alcoholism is a disease, I wish him well.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      driving drunk is a crime and puts innocence in danger. stop with the sympathy card

      • gbrim - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        He has confessed to his crime, accepted his punishment as a model prisoner according to the sheriff in charge, and is trying to rebuild his life as a better person. I’m not sure why anyone would wish him ill on his road to recovery.

    • ottercardinal - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Shame on diamondbacks for allowing this drunk back around kids trying to do things right and secure a dream.

  6. girardisbraces - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Even an N/A beer has a small amount of alcohol in it. He’s better off drinking water.

    Nice to see the Diamondbacks not giving up on him. Hope he continues to keep his life turned around, and maybe he can make it back to the bigs.

  7. stairwayto7 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Get the story straight. Grace WAS NOT INA PRISON CELL! He was in tent city and only spent 8 hours a day there!

  8. historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    That’s a much better picture than his mug shot!

  9. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Yeah, it’s ironic that he’s working for the Hops. I do hope he’s clean, though, and has a successful career as a coach. He was one of my favorite Cubs when I was a kid.

  10. craigers37 - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Pretty cruel of those of you that don’t want him to succeed. He was a good ballplayer in his day and he can offer those kids some great perspectives on life. Perhaps teaching them about alcohol abuse and addiction.

  11. braxtonrob - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I don’t give a damn what anybody says, this guy should’ve been voted into the HOF; he was stellar.

  12. bigkurt6 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Good to see Mark getting back on track!!!!!!! He was my favorite cub growing up!!!

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