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The Mouth Watering All-Chicago Baseball Team

Fans of both Chicago teams do this all the time with their friends at the bar, sitting around a poker table, or while sitting back at a random party. Picking players from each baseball team to create and build an All-Chicago baseball team. I mean, who wouldn’t have liked seeing Robin Ventura making a nice play down the third baseline and Mark Grace picking the ball out of the...
Via Sports Mockery
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Players union must fight again as familiar story unfolds in Chicago

  In 1988, the Cubs chose the fading Leon Durham over red-hot rookie Mark Grace as their Opening Day first baseman. Grace went to the minors, only to return on May 2, forcing the trade of Durham 17 days later. The players union stewed over the turn of events, believing that the Cubs started Grace in the minors to delay his arbitration eligibility by one year. Grace, in the recollection...
Via Fox Sports
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs fans buzzing over Peter O'Brien's power

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Grace sounded part TV announcer, part stadium emcee and part assistant hitting coach. As he led eight Diamondbacks catchers split into two teams through a game simulation hitting session on Tuesday, Grace called the score and result of each at-bat -- a playful interaction with fans who had showed up at Salt River Fields to keep tabs on the competition. Save...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

You Gotta Love the Cubs

Happy Valentine’s Day Cubs fans! As you know, I love the Chicago Cubs. I have been a die hard fan of the North Siders for as long as I can remember. Baseball was, is and always be my first love. I remember watching the Cubs when I was younger, watching players like Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Greg Maddux and many others. The way they played the game inspired me, and...
Via World Series Dreaming
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark Grace back where he belongs with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The doorbell could ring at midnight or at 7 a.m. and the brief visits could come three weeks apart or three days in a row. But not matter the timing, Mark Grace had to provide a plastic cup of reassurance -- until the next ring. "It sucked," Grace said recently. It is finally over. Grace is on the other side of unsupervised probation following a second DUI offense in August...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks’ Grant Heyman Great at First Impressions

With a major emphasis on hitting for power in professional baseball; organizations can never have too many power hitters being developed throughout their minor league systems. Taking this concept to heart, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Grant Heyman in this past June’s MLB draft with hopes of him becoming a major impact for the big league club in the near future. Known for his...
Via Baseball Essential
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Baby Cubs update

Fans of the big league team are undoubtedly dying for more updates about the baby Cubs in South Bend so here I am. What? You mean between Christmas presents and turkey and college football and trade rumors, you weren’t waiting with bated breath for news of the South Bend Cubs? Well I’m bringing you the news anyway. More detailed info is available on my blog devoted exclusively...
Via World Series Dreaming
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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 Bloguin Best
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

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

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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