D-backs promote Mark Grace
The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Mark Grace to hitting coach of Class A Hillsboro, 16 months after the former All-Star left his broadcasting job following a second DUI arrest.
Grace was a minor league hitting instructor last season. He also served a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program last spring. His new role was announced by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Doug Drabek, the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner, is returning as Hillsboro's pitching coach for a second season. Former big league catcher J.R. House will be the team's manager and Ben Petrick, also an ex-major league catcher, will return as a consultant.