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Mark Grace to serve as D-backs' assistant hitting coach

  Mark Grace will join the staff of new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale as assistant hitting coach. The club announced Hale's staff on Thursday, with Andy Green as third-base coach and Glenn Sherlock bench coach. Sherlock shifts from third-base coach and is among six from former manager Kirk Gibson's staff who are being retained. Another is Henry Blanco, who will return as...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Grace, Green to join new manager Hale's staff

PHOENIX (AP) Mark Grace will join the staff of new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale as assistant hitting coach. The club announced Hale's staff on Thursday, with Andy Green as third base coach and Glenn Sherlock bench coach. Sherlock shifts from third base coach and is among six from former manager Kirk Gibson's staff who are being retained. Another is Henry Blanco, who will...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Green, Grace join 6 holdovers on Hale's coaching staff

PHOENIX -- Chip Hale's coaching staff with the Arizona Diamondbacks will include six holdovers from Kirk Gibson's staff, plus a pair of new additions: third-base coach Andy Green and assistant hitting coach Mark Grace. The six holdovers are bench coach Glenn Sherlock, pitching coach Mike Harkey, hitting coach Turner Ward, first-base coach Dave McKay, bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Backs hire Mark Grace as assistant hitting coach

New Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is beginning to assemble his coaching staff. That staff will include a somewhat surprising name in Mark Grace. Source: Mark Grace will become #Dbacks assistant hitting coach. Appears Turner Ward remains hitting coach. Blanco shifting to new role. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) October 16, 2014 Grace being hired as a hitting coach...
Via The Outside Corner
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Backs hire Mark Grace as assistant hitting coach

New Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is beginning to assemble his coaching staff. That staff will include a somewhat surprising name in Mark Grace. Source: Mark Grace will become #Dbacks assistant hitting coach. Appears Turner Ward remains hitting coach. Blanco shifting to new role. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) October 16, 2014 Grace being hired as a hitting coach...
Via Bloguin Best
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 18, 1999

1999: Tim Spehr’s three-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be the biggest blow of the game, as the Royals withstood a ninth-inning rally to take a 6-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.With the Royals holding a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Mike Sweeney laced a one-out double off Cubs starter Kevin Tapani. After a Jermaine Dye groundout, the Cubs intentionally walked...
Via Pine Tar Press
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Free Agent Reliever Kyle Farnsworth Help The Phillies?

When Kyle Farnsworth made his major league debut, I was in high school. I graduated high school 15 years ago. The Cubs lineup during his debut included Mark Grace batting third, Sammy Sosa batting cleanup, and featured a Mickey Morandini appearance for the Cubs. I was surprised enough that Farnsworth...
Via Philliedelphia
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Wrigley Field still matters at 100

Most stadiums are just places to put butts. Like a living organism, it takes time for these inanimate objects to grow into something more meaningful. The majority of Major League ballparks have not yet had this opportunity — 24 of the 30 have been built in my lifetime, and I’m still young enough to have lived my whole life within the frame of MTV’s existence. Like a good child...
Via Rumors and Rants
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field turns 100: a dedication to the greatest baseball park

I remember being five years old and sitting in the left-field bleachers of Wrigley Field with my father and his friend, sipping on a pop. With my mitt on my left hand, my Cubs hat on my head, and my Mark Grace t-shirt jersey on, I was ready for any possible ball that would come my way. It was May 6th, 1998, and the Chicago Cubs were playing the Houston Astros. On that day Kerry Wood...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

History says Australia series will decide playoff berth

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks' trip to Australia could be much more than a photo op on Bondi Beach or a chance to sample a pint of James Boag's lager, Kevin Towers' favorite Tasmanian brew (grade on the scouting scale: 80). It could be the start of a special year. History suggests that the 17,000-mile road trip to begin the season will end in a playoff appearance for either the D-backs...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Grace “Tried Like Hell” to be Loved in Chicago

Chicago Sports News – Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace is back in baseball after some time spent in jail for two DUI arrests. The Arizona Diamondbacks have given Grace another chance after letting him go in 2012 following the second arrest. He will be coaching the Class A Hillsboro Hops and would like to be a Major League Baseball coach eventually. In an interview with...
Via Sports Mockery
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #17

Thursday was an off day, and this weekend one Cubs split squad will travel to Vegas for a couple of exhibitions against the Mets as the other half sticks around in Arizona. There were plenty of highlights from Wednesday’s game, but the one that was most intriguing to me was this: WOW that was close! And I don’t blame the umpires for not reversing the call, it was so close that...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs new mascot is, well, a mascot

Much to the derision of team fans and internet wise guys — two categories I happen to fit in — the Chicago Cubs unveiled a team mascot for the first time in decades on Monday. It’s easy to see why there was backlash. Clark the Cub is quite a ridiculous looking character, and appears to be a knock-off of the character Kit Cloudkicker from the ’90s kids show TaleSpin. But there...
Via Rumors and Rants
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Grace gets coaching gig after serving DUI sentence

Grace vows to never have a mug shot required of him again. Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Mark Grace is slowly returning to “baseball normalcy” as he comes up on a year since he began serving a 4-month jail sentence as a repeat offender for Driving Under the influence.  According to Matt Snyder of CBS Sports “Eye on Baseball”, Grace was named hitting instructor...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

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. ...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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