"Mark has worked hard down in the minor leagues with our younger guys and really proved what a good hitting coach he was. He wants this. He's as excited as anybody is and he's ready to get this thing turned around.
- Chip Hale on Mark Grace
Grace has plenty of hitting experience to draw from after playing 16 seasons, hitting .303 with 173 home runs and 1,146 RBIs. His role on the coaching staff will be a versatile one, as Hale will rely on Grace for more than just offense.
The news that Mark Grace joined the Diamondbacks' major-league coaching staff triggered those questions because of a recent past that involves two arrests in 15 months for DUI, a crime that challenges our capacity for compassion.
The Diamondbacks sought not only expertise but balance on their coaching staff, and they believe they have found it. New manager Chip Hale called it a yin-yang thing when describing the relationship between returning hitting coach Turner Ward and new assistant Mark Grace, and general manager Dave Stewart said different voices are a valuable asset to the whole.
Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
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