Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 10/4/12
PHOENIX Daron Sutton and Mark Grace will not return as the Diamondbacks' television broadcast team next season. The D-backs severed their relationship with Sutton because of "philosophical differences," team presidentCEO Derrick Hall said Thursday. Grace's Aug. 23 arrest for driving under the influence was the reason he will not retained, Hall said. It was Graces second offense in 15 months. "Were looking to have a clean start," Hall said. "When it came to Daron, it came down to philosophical differences in broadcasting. Its no knock on him. Both he and Grace were a good team. I thank them for everything they have done. Its just time to move in a different direction." Grace was pulled over in Scottsdale for having an expired registration, and he was found to be driving with a suspended license. In addition, the car he was driving was not equipped with a court-mandated interlock device. "We had told him before that if it happened again, we would not have him return to the booth," Hall said. "He knew that. We feel terrible for Mark and what he is going through. Were here for him, but he knew this was going to be a consequence." Hall said the search for a new team would begin immediately, and he hopes it can be concluded in two to three weeks. Greg Schulte will return to the radio booth after filling for Sutton after he was suspended for undisclosed reasons June 21. Schulte has been with the D-backs since their inception in 1998. The D-backs will consider in-house replacements for Grace, Hall said. Sutton's contract has four years remaining after he received an extension following the 2011 season. The contract prohibits him from taking a job with another major league team, and he is still employed by the D-backs, Hall said. A settlement has not been discussed, Hall said, but the D-backs would listen if they were approached. "We want him to work," Hall said.
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