Mark Grace
American baseball player
Mark Grace
Mark Eugene Grace is a former Major League Baseball player for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. His defensive position was first base. He batted left-handed and wore jersey number 17.
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Timing's right for Cubs to bring Mark Grace back to organization
Chicago Times - 7 days
One of Mark Grace's most pleasant debates involved whether Ron Santo's 1969 Cubs were better than Grace's 1989 team that won the National League East. "Santo would argue how much better his team was," Grace recalled last week. "I guess he had a point because they had Hall of Famers in Ernie (Banks),...
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Anti-Abortion Group Bumped From Women's March Stakes Out A Place Anyway
Huffington Post - 29 days
WASHINGTON ― Women who describe themselves as both feminists and against abortion gathered along the route of the Women’s March on Washington Saturday, staking out a visible spot on the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue with an “Abortion Betrays Women” sign so big it took five people to hold it up. The anti-abortion groups came to the march despite being bumped as partners after a kerfuffle last week. The event’s most prominent partners included Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-choice America, and its unity principles included “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control.” So the formal inclusion of groups that oppose abortion was not going to go over well. Still, the women against abortion said they wanted their voices heard during the historic event. Their signs included the slogans “Real feminists reject abortion” and “Life empowers women.” This provoked a fair amount of back and forth with other marchers, which seemed to be what the grou ...
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Man Critically Injured After E-Cigarette Explodes In His Face
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Tennessee man may not be able to walk again after an electronic cigarette exploded in his face on Friday. Cordero Caples, 29, was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering fractured vertebrae, facial fractures and at least one missing tooth following the sudden explosion in Colorado, his sister said. "It's going to be a long, intensive recovery process," Colossi Porter told Fox13 News. Caples was smoking the e-cigarette while on a break from work when it blew up, WMC reported. Porter shared jarring photos of Caples on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his medical expenses. The images show his face visibly battered with his neck supported by a brace while recovering in a Colorado Springs hospital room. It's unclear what caused the device to explode. A Memphis smoke shop employee who was shown a photo of Caples' e-cigarette said she immediately noticed something wrong with it: the battery. "This is way too powerful to power this," Mary Grace Bu ...
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Death to Capitalism? Visitors to Marx's Grave Balk at Fee
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Karl Marx is buried in a London cemetery that charges an entry fee to fund conservation of the grounds. Now, the charge is infuriating a new generation of Marxists, as interest in his legacy gains fresh legs.
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Rare, Tiny 'Pocket Shark' Seen for 2nd Time
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
A juvenile male pocket shark has been discovered, making it the second of this type of shark ever recorded, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say. The teensy shark, extending just 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) in length and weighing a mere half ounce (14.6 grams), was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, though it was only recently identified, when Mark Grace, of NOAA Fisheries' Pascagoula, Mississippi, Laboratory, examined the specimen. The Gulf pocket shark is one of two such sharks ever reported. "Discovering him has us thinking about where Mom and Dad may be, and how they got to the Gulf," Grace said in a statement.
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The Hall of Fame Expansion Era Ballot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As part of the increasingly complicated Hall of Fame selection process, there are five players on the expansion era ballot-Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry. There is an additional candidate, Joe Torre who is on the ballot as both a manager and a player. Torre stands out from the rest of these players because in addition to having a borderline Hall of Fame Career as a player, Torre also has four World Series victories as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2000. It is therefore very likely that Torre will be elected, deservedly, based on his performance as a player and a manager. The other five are very interesting cases. From the period from roughly 1970-1985, they were all excellent players and frequent All Stars who played in a lot of post-seasons. There is also a strong narrative for each of these players. John was a solid pitcher for a long time who had a surgery named for him. Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his er ...
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First Day of School
CNN - over 3 years
Mary Grace ready for her 1st day of 2nd grade in Harvest, AL
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MOWED DOWN
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Carlos Gomez earned the last spot in an exclusive fraternity. The 27-year-old center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers became the final batter to face Mariano Rivera in an All-Star Game. In the bottom of the eighth in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, Gomez saw six pitches from the sport's most accomplished end game specialist, all of them cutters. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Gomez rolled a ball to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Making his ninth All-Star appearance in his 19-year career, the 43-year-old Rivera took the mound before the home eighth. With the best players in baseball as appreciative and awestruck as the record crowd at Citi Field, the once foreboding "Enter Sandman" resounded like a celebratory hymn (complete with a rendition from Tim McCarver of FOX) as players on both sides applauded. American League players waited to take their defensive positions, allowing Rivera to soak up the moment. Meanwhile, National Leaguers crowded along the rail of the dug ...
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MLB Notes: Former Cubs star Grace released from jail
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former three-time all-star Mark Grace has been released from an Arizona jail after seeing out a four-month prison term, KTAR Phoenix reported Monday.
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Mark Grace released from jail
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Former Major League player and baseball announcer Mark Grace was released from an Arizona jail after serving four months on a DUI conviction, KTAR radio in Phoenix reported Monday.     
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David Protess: The Ex-Cub Factor Revisited
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As spring nears, it's time to talk baseball rather than injustice, though the two are intertwined when it comes to the Chicago Cubs. But I'm not going to use this space to whine about predictable Cubs issues, such as 104 years and counting or the latest rebuilding project. No, today's subject is more deeply philosophical, even existential: The Ex-Cub Factor and the nature of Cubness. Thirty-one years ago, freelance journalist and Cubs fan Ron Berler began a noble quest to determine why playing for Chicago's National League ball club not only affected its fortunes, but potentially the future success or failure of every other major league team. Those were the days before instant statistics, so Berler had to methodically comb through team rosters going back to 1946, the year after the Cubs last played in the World Series (losing, of course.) What he found was astonishing. "It is utterly impossible for a team with three or more ex-Cubs to win the Series," Berler wrote. ...
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Ex-Cubs star Mark Grace gets jail time
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star, was sentenced on Thursday to four months in jail, stemming from a drunk driving arrest in August.
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Mark Grace blames self for Dbacks firing, not team
Fox News - about 4 years
Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace says he blames himself, not the team, for firing him last season. The former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs was fired after he was arrested last August in Scottsdale — his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months. Grace has pleaded not guilty in October to four felony counts of aggravated DUI. His trial is scheduled for March 19. Though the Diamondbacks fired Grace after his most recent arrest, the team invited him to participate in a fantasy camp now under way in Scottsdale. The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/UMgVkV ) quotes Grace as saying Monday he was "happy to grab that olive branch." Diamondbacks President Derrick says the team supports Grace and looks forward to his future involvement in the organization.
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The New Age: Reflections on the 'Dragon Age' Series
Pop Matters - over 4 years
Bioware has announced the third installment in their highly regarded Dragon Age series. While they've kept most details about the next title close to the chest so far, it offers an opportunity to look back at where the series has been. Last month, Bioware officially announced that they will be releasing Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. The mix of life-like feudal politics with high fantasy tropes seems to have created the series that keeps on giving, which Bioware no doubt intends to keep up with. Dragon Age is one of the better narrative experiences in games of the last decade and continuing with what has become a recognizable series is only sensible on a fiscal level. There…
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Spring Branch Education Foundation names Crystal Awards Gala chairs
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
The Spring Branch Education Foundation has announced that Mary Grace Landrum and Michael Landrum will be the chairpersons of the 20th annual Crystal Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
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Report: Ex-Cub Grace indicted on 4 felony DUI counts
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Fox 10 in Phoenix reports former Cub Mark Grace has been indicted on 4 felony DUI counts, which could land him years in prison.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Grace
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    For the 2014 baseball season he started a coaching career as the hitting instructor for the Diamondbacks Class A affiliate Hillsboro Hops in Hillsboro, Oregon, who went on to win the 2014 Northwest League championship.
    More Details Hide Details On September 26,, Grace announced his retirement from baseball. He continued his involvement in the game as a television color commentator for the Diamondbacks and for Fox Saturday Baseball. Grace's trademark unusual style and off-the-wall terms (such as "slumpbuster", "never-say-die-mondbacks", and "Gas!") bring a unique quality to the Diamondbacks' broadcast team. Grace has stated a desire to coach a major league team in the future. He was considered for the Diamondbacks' managerial position following the season, but the Diamondbacks hired Bob Melvin instead. On August 3, 2006, Grace returned to Wrigley Field and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th-inning stretch for the first time.
    He is currently a coach with the Diamondbacks after spending 2014 as hitting coach for the Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    He also hit for the cycle on May 9 that year, and as of 2013 was the last Cub to have done so.
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    He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail on January 31, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The sentence included work-release jail time as well as two years of supervised probation. An interlock device was required to be installed in his vehicle for six months. Grace became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009; 75% of the vote was necessary for induction, and 5% was necessary to stay on the ballot. Grace received 4.1% of the vote and was dropped off the ballot. There is a campaign to retire his number 17 at Wrigley Field. Upon retirement, the following was released in the Chicago Tribune:
  • 2012
    Age 47
    On October 3, 2012 a grand jury in Arizona indicted Grace on four felony counts stemming from his August 23, 2012 arrest in Scottsdale on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and without an interlock device.
    More Details Hide Details The Diamondbacks announced the following day that Grace would not return to his television broadcasting duties with the club.
    On August 24, 2012 Grace requested an indefinite leave of absence from the booth, and at the end of the 2012 season, the team announced that he would not be returning for the 2013 season.
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  • 2011
    Age 46
    He reunited with Brennaman in 2011 before leaving the network at the end of the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Eric Karros who had worked on the no.3 team with Kenny Albert.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    He was then promoted to the no.2 booth with Thom Brennaman for the 2008 and 2009 season, and Dick Stockton for the 2010 season.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    Grace also agreed to a deal with Fox Sports in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He originally rotated between the studio and the no.3 booth.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    His ex-wife, Michelle, was also married to Ray Liotta, who played baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams. As of 2006, he is divorced from his second wife Tanya, who stars on the VH1 show Baseball Wives.
    More Details Hide Details Grace lived in Antioch, Tennessee during a period of his childhood years. He currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his sons Jackson Gene and Preston Torre. Grace was known to smoke cigarettes before and after Cub games, and reportedly at times, during games in the clubhouse. Grace has been arrested for drunk driving twice.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    He was paired with Thom Brennaman on television from 2004 to 2006 and was paired with Daron Sutton from 2007 to 2012.
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  • 2002
    Age 37
    During a 19 - 1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002, Grace pitched one inning of relief.
    More Details Hide Details He surrendered one run on catcher David Ross's first career home run. Grace also impersonated teammate Mike Fetters, who from the stretch took a deep breath, then quickly turned his head towards the catcher.
  • 2001
    Age 36
    Grace wore his familiar No. 17 in Arizona where he played for three more seasons, including helping the Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details He never before even visited Yankee Stadium, and belted a home run in Game 4 of the series. Grace led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single off Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera which rallied the Arizona Diamondbacks to a come-from-behind victory in Game 7. His .515 batting average in League Championship Series play is a record for players in at least 10 games.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    Grace signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 8, 2000 with a $6 million, two-year contract after the Cubs declined to offer salary arbitration.
    More Details Hide Details The deal included a mutual $3 million option year in 2003. He received $5.3 million in his last season with the Cubs but accepted less money for the opportunity to live year-round at his home in suburban Scottsdale, Arizona with his family. "For me to remain a Cub, the Cubs would have wanted to want me back and the Cubs would have had to win", Grace said at the time. "Neither of those happened and I'm one proud Diamondback now."
  • 1995
    Age 30
    In 1995, Grace hit .326 with a .395 OBP and a .516 SLG, and hit 51 doubles (which led the National League).
    More Details Hide Details He was once again named to the National League All-Star team. Grace collected the most hits (1,754) of any player in the 1990s. Grace and Pete Rose are the only Major League Baseball players to lead a decade in hits and not be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Grace also had the most doubles in the 1990s with 364 and the most sacrifice flies with 73. The song that played most frequently on the Wrigley Field organ prior to a Grace at bat was "Taking Care of Business", which Grace explained was due to his bit part in a Jim Belushi film of the same name.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 28
    Grace led the team in average (.325), OBP (.393), hits (193), walks (71), doubles (39), and RBI (98 – a career high) in 1993 and was selected as an alternate to the National League All Star Team for the first time in his career.
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  • 1989
    Age 24
    In the 1989 N.L.C.S., Grace batted .647 in the five game contest with a home run and three doubles, while driving in 8 of the total 16 runs scored by the Cubs in the series.
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    Grace helped lead the Cubs to the NL Eastern Division title in 1989 and the NL Wild Card in 1998.
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  • 1988
    Age 23
    He wore jersey number 28 and 17 during his rookie season in 1988, and he kept number 17 for the remainder of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Grace retired with a .303 batting average and a .383 career on-base percentage, the 148th best in major league history. Grace played high school baseball and basketball at Tustin High School in Tustin, California. After playing baseball for San Diego State University, Grace was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in. He spent three years playing in the Cubs farm system before making his major league debut May 2,. Grace starred on Cubs teams that included Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa and was a consistent, steady hitter, compiling almost 2,500 hits and more than 500 doubles during his 16-year career and for a few years batted clean-up for the Cubs. He had a career on-base percentage of .383 and collected four Gold Glove Awards and was a three-time All-Star (1993, 1995, 1997). He holds the distinction of hitting more hits in the 1990s than anyone else.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on June 28, 1964.
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