D-Backs' fondness for Mark Grace is ... odd

Mark Grace, purveyor of wisdom. (Getty Images)

Former Diamondbacks broadcaster Mark Grace is a multiple-DUI offender and is presently doing time in jail. That the Diamondbacks would keep him around in some capacity is, I guess, understandable in an "everyone gets a second chance" kind of way. But their enthusiasm about Grace's role is ... odd. Here are manager Kirk Gibson's comments to ArizonaSports.com:

"I love it. I called [general manager Kevin Towers] one day and said I'd like to invite Gracie to spring training. Obviously teammates need teammates sometimes and it's just how I felt about it. We continued to talk as an organization what would be best for him and with his situation. You know he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom. He's been in the game a long time and he's got a great sense of humor so we felt he had something to add."

So Grace will be sharing his wisdom with young Arizona players. Maybe this is some kind of "scared straight" effort?

In any event, such zeal for Grace seems misplaced in an organization that spent the winter shipping off some of its most talented players because they lacked the requisite "grit." I'm not sure what lessons Grace will have to impart, other than the finer points of ingratiating one's self with the media.


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