Hops hitting coach Mark Grace gets another shot at life in baseball

Hops hitting coach Mark Grace gets another shot at life in baseball
June 12, 2014, 4:45 pm

Mark Grace on another shot at a baseball life

Mark Grace retired from baseball after the 2003 season with a .303 lifetime batting average and a .383 on-base percentage after 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. It didn't take long, though, for him to establish himself as a popular analyst in the broadcast booth for the D-Backs and Fox Saturday baseball.

But that career came crashing down after he was indicted in October of 2012 on four felony counts having to do with being arrested for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and driving without an interlock device on his car, which was required due to a previous DUI.

The Diamondbacks let Grace go from his broadcasting position after that and the former first baseman served four months in jail. But Arizona decided to give Grace another shot at a baseball life, hiring him this season as the hitting coach for the Northwest League Hillsboro Hops.

Ironic, right? Hops are actually a flavoring and stability agent in beer.

The above interview was taped at Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field on the day before the start of the Northwest League season.