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
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