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Mark Grace Is Back As a Minor League Hitting Instructor

gracemugshot2012The hit king of the 1990s is back in baseball. The Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League have hired former Chicago Cubs All-Star and Arizona Diamondbacks World Series hero Mark Grace as hitting instructor for the 2014 season.

Grace will serve under manager J.R. House. A former on-field rival of Grace’s, one-time Pirates ace Doug Drabek, has been hired as pitching coach.

Grace is trying to break back into baseball after a short exile due to some legal issues. In 2012, Grace was thrown in jail after multiple drunk driving arrests. He was at the same time relieved of his duties as color man on Arizona Diamondbacks TV broadcasts.

The old first baseman will have plenty of life wisdom to impart to the young players on the Hillsboro squad, a D-backs farm team. He also has copious baseball knowledge to drop on their heads. And if any of the young hitters there in Hillsboro should go into a slump…

Well, Grace knows what to do.

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