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.

Grace is best remembered in Arizona for singling to start the

winning rally against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the bottom

of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the thrilling 2001 World

Series.