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:
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’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.