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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB’s PED Epidemic has ruined baseball role models

The Little League World Series is now on TV, and besides watching the game, the part that interests me the most is the children telling us who their favorite baseball player is before every game. My favorite player when I was in Little League was Mark Grace. His great fielding skills (he won four Gold Gloves), reliability at the plate and even his batting stance influenced how I...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

10th Inning preview: Mark Grace

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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Tewksbury’s Notebook: Notes on the 1992 Cubs

Bob Tewksbury had a lot of success in 1992. Pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-hander went 16-5 with a 2.16 ERA. A control artist, he walked 20 batters in 233 innings. He had less success against the Chicago Cubs. In five starts, he allowed 18 runs — 14 of them earned — in 34 innings. Andre Dawson, Mark Grace and Ryne Sandberg went a combined 26 for 65, with 10 extra...
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July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Imagine how good an all-time Chicago Cubs team could be?

The Cubs have had many great players come and go since they have won their last World Series. I like to imagine how great the Cubs would be and how dominating of a team they would be if the stars aligned just right and allowed all these greats to play on the same team in the same year. I have picked this lineup from personal opinion and research that i have done from baseballreference...
June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace released from jail after four months

Former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback Mark Grace has been released from jail after serving four months for a second DUI arrest in a 15-month span. Grace was on work-release for all of his term, but he spent his nights in Maricopa County’s famous outdoor Tent City. During the length of his time in jail, Grace was released from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, then spent the...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace released from Tent City jail after four months

Former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback Mark Grace has been released from jail after serving four months for a second DUI arrest in a 15-month span. Grace was on work-release for all of his term, but he spent his nights in Maricopa County’s famous outdoor Tent City. During the length of his time in jail, Grace was released from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, then spent the night...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace completes jail term for DUI

Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been released from a Phoenix jail after completing a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program.
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace completes jail term for DUI

Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been released from a Phoenix jail after completing a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program. The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. He began his sentence on Feb...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace’s Tent City Jail Bed Looks Awful

How comfortable has Mark Grace’s (made $45,965,000 during baseball career) stay in Maricopa County (AZ) Sheri…
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Cubs 1B Mark Grace behaving quite well in prison

Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace is finishing out a 4 month sentence at Tent City Prison in Arizona. Mark Grace, most recently a D-Backs television color analyst Mark Grace was sent to jail on DUI charges. The “lovable” drunk that used to hang out a lot at Durkin’s on the North side of Chicago trolling for Lincoln Park Trixie booty is supposedly...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

On this day in 1993: Phillies 1, Cubs 3

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies going from worst to first and winning the National League pennant. All season long we will take a look back at each game of the 1993 season. Last Game: Phillies 9, Reds 2 Phillies 1 Cubs 3 WP: Mike Morgan (1-2) LP: Terry Mulholland (2-1) SV: Randy Myers (2) Fresh off a home sweep of...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Grace adjusting to DUI sentence

One month in to his four month sentence, 3-time All Star Mark Grace (and his family) are adjusting to him serving time in “Tent City”, the affectionate moniker of his nightly bunk that satisfies his jail term as a repeat offender for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. While most athletes are prone to make excuses or feel they were dealt a bad deal, Grace is surprisingly...
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March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Should MLB Punish DUIs More Harshly, Like PEDs?

On February 6, Todd Helton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A week and a half later, he publicly apologized. His manager, Walt Weiss, who is also his former teammate, stood behind him all the way. “We have all needed a little grace from time to time. He stepped up and faced the music,” Weiss said at a news conference with Helton. “Now it’s time to...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

A Growing Problem in Sports

There is a growing problem today in sports, and there is no end to this issue in sight. No, I am not talking about the growing Performance Enhancing Drug problem that resides in baseball, and likely in football as well as any other sport where a player is looking to gain an edge. Today, Todd Helton joined the ever growing list of athletes who have been arrested for driving drunk...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Family, birthdays, and role models

Today, my son turned eight years old.  He had a splendid day with his classmates, gorging himself with Spider-Man themed chocolate cupcakes and also got some cool new presents.  On Friday, since he had no school, we went shopping and he used some of his birthday money to get Battleship and a new watch.  We had a really nice weekend watching the Super Bowl, and I took him to Cub...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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