Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 8/24/12
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A tumultous year for Arizona Diamondbacks announcers has taken another turn, and the latest chapter involves TV color commentator Mark Grace taking an indefinite leave of absence. The initial reports have Grace taking the time off due to seeking "personal assistance."

You probably remember back in June when Grace's play by play partner Daron Sutton was suspended indefinitely by the Diamondbacks due to insubordination, stemming from his preference to wear a suit in the broadcast booth. There was no announced timetable for Sutton's return, and as we reach the end of August, you have to think he's not coming back this year with the Diamondbacks, if ever. He was replaced by long-time Arizona radio play-by-play announcer Greg Schulte.

Grace's color duties in the D-Backs booth will be filled by team legend Luis Gonzalez on Friday and Saturday, and broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola on Sunday. In an interesting note, I've heard on Twitter from Diamondbacks fans that Grace wasn't on the team's last road trip (which I confirmed by looking at MLB.TV archives from last week), but did call the team's four game series at home against the Marlins that concluded with a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Grace was charged with a DUI last summer. It's unknown what the current situation is facing Grace, but hopefully he gets the assistance he needs and is able to return to the booth.

(via ArizonaSports.com)

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13 Comments:
  • Uh oh...............somebody's going to be seeing Sheriff Joe in tent city soon. Good luck Mark!
  • I love Gracie, however he is a role model, no room for this!
  • role model? You be your kids role model!
  • Get Gracie back. Luis is so dry.
  • Well Gracie often acted like a drunk, used the same sayings (right down broadway) and like all color guys talked over and over again how good some player was. Hell yeah they are good; they are in the bigs.
  • get a life, joker. Gracie is the best and if you know ANYTHING about Chicago, Broadway is a street that is relatively close to Wrigley that he COULD be talking about. Do your homework before beins so mean publicly you dousche
  • Glad to see Darren Sutton GONE for good - but LOVE Mark Grace!! So - he repeats himself, uses the same phrases over and over, don't we all?- he was brillant and knew the game from A-Z! Get sober, get legal and come on back - you are missed!!!No excuses for the DUI etc. so get it together and come on back!!
  • Gracie, Hurry back. We miss your extreme knowledge of the game and keen sense of humor.Here's wishing you a quick and speedy return. One of your biggest fans.
  • Grace is a moron, he brings nothing to the table unless you're impressed with his childish antics. He repeatedly makes errors and is never professional enough to correct himself. He is officially the only color commentator I have ever heard chastise a player for not hustling out of the box when the infield fly rule had been invoked....Really!!! He's also the same guy who dropped an F Bomb on the air when he was too stupid to realize they had gone back on the air. So let's call it what it is, he has been TOLD to take a leave of absence because he won't be back. The best play by play guy they ever had was Thom Brenneman hands down and aside from Schulte they don't have a very talented booth.
  • he knows baseball and noone would argue that. My guess is that you've never played the game, don't even know the fundamentals of the game and just like to hate. Go to work - Thom Brenneman is the lamest announcer I've ever heard. I like character -I'm from Chicago and Gracie is funny, knowledgeable and really a stand up solid guy who likes to have a couple. Big effing deal
  • It *is* a big effing deal if a guy, any guy, likes to have a few and then drive a car - because they occasionally make it impossible for some *other* guy to be a Stand Up Solid Guy and Go To Work; and that is precisely why DUI is illegal, no matter how well you know & call the game of baseball. Twice in the last 14 months or so is only the number of times that he has been caught and cited. The very nature of alcoholism demands that he drink more to get the same effect, and that requires acknowledgment and intervention...which would necessitate some time off. "Hating" has nothing to do with it, unless you are talking about hating an almost incomprehensibly destructive disease that gets shrugged off all too often with things like, "he likes to have a few, so what?".

    Mark was a neat and guileless teenager in Tustin 30 years ago. I hope he finds whatever pains and personal defects are driving him to this intolerable behavior and starts working a good program now, regardless of whether the booth awaits him in sobriety.

  • KDmartin, Obviously he doesn't know as much as you think he does, and yes I played the game and he is the worst I have ever heard. Except for some of the most basic rules of the game he constantly makes mistakes. The clown that sat next to him until HIS suspension never had the balls to politely correct him. Grace is done, just face it. He also isn't too bright either to allow himself to get caught DUI AGAIN!!! His tired act got old and they are just looking for a reason to part ways with him. So sorry if the truth hurts. And I don't hate him at all, I just think he's terrible at what he was getting paid to do. Your entitled to your opinion and so am I. If he ends up killing someone with his car what will you say about him then?
  • Hurry back Gracie,miss your knowledge of the game and of the players. At the present we have no one that can do the job. Hope to be seeing you very soon.
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