Mark Grace to be named the Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach

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Mark Grace’s journey in and around the Diamondbacks organization continues apace. The former Dbacks player,Dbacks broadcaster, Dbacks spring training advisor and Dbacks minor league hitting instructor is now the assistant* hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks themselves:

Grace’s personal rebound continues as well. You’ll recall that multiple drunk driving convictions cost him his job in the TV booth and sent him to Sheriff Joe’s tent city as an inmate back last year. The organization stuck with Grace, however. Their loyalty to him, one assumes, played a vital part in his recovery and rehabilitation, which one hopes has not and will not see any setbacks.

*NOTE: This story originally said Grace would become the Dbacks’ hitting coach. It appears, instead, that he’ll be the assistant hitting coach.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.