Jail Sentence Final Chapter in Former D-Backs Announcer Mark's Fall from Grace
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Former Diamondbacks broadcaster and MLB alum Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months of work-release jail time and three years of probation following a second DUI conviction in just 15 months.
Grace was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Aug. 23, 2012; exhibiting a blood-alcohol content of .095, in excess of the .08 legal limit. At the time, however, he pled not guilty to the charges against him.
The Diamondbacks suspended Grace following his August arrest and confirmed on Oct. 4, 2012 that Grace and partner Daron Sutton would not be returning to Arizona in 2013.
Barely two weeks later, the club announced the hiring of former Cubs broadcaster and beloved ex-Arizona skipper Bob Brenly and ESPN's Steve Berthiaume.
Grace was previously arrested during a May 30, 2011 DUI episode that ultimately saddled the broadcaster with an ignition interlock device, a device police alleged Grace failed to employ on Aug. 23, 2012.
In his October announcement, D-Backs president Derrick Hall explained Grace had been warned about his behavior:
"We had told him before, if it happened again we were not going to have him return to the booth, and he knew that."
Nonetheless, the Diamondbacks franchise has not completely severed ties with Grace, who remains a former personality, both on and off the field.
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Since his termination, Grace has accepted responsibility for his actions by changing his plea to "guilty" and in turn, the Diamondbacks invited the former player to their eighth annual fantasy camp at Talking Stick's Salt River Fields.
Said Hall, "Mark has always been an important part of our family so we would naturally be here to support him...We look forward to his future involvement in the organization."
And even though he will not return to the broadcast booth next season, a grateful Grace, in turn, has described the club's warmth and support as "humbling" and "awesome."
Prior to submitting a guilty plea, Grace had been facing as many as 15 years in prison spurring from four counts of aggravated DUI.
However, Grace appeared repentant in early 2013, saying of his DUI arrest and pending criminal charges, "I have nobody to blame but myself...I think it's important to own this. I own this."
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