Mark Grace released from Tent City

Mark Grace

Credit: 3TV

Mark Grace served four months in Tent City.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 4:14 PM

PHOENIX -- Mark Grace wrapped up his four-month stay at Tent City Monday morning.

The former baseball star and Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster served in a work release program after getting two DUIs in 15 months.

Grace, 48, was arrested for driving under the influence in May 2011. In August 2012, he was pulled over for driving a car with expired registration tags. Police administered a field sobriety test and arrested Grace for his second DUI.

In January, Grace pleaded guilty to charges of felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was sentenced to four months in jail and was allowed to leave Tent City for 12 hours a day as part of his work release.

Grace said he will team up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at youth programs, warning kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

"I still want to be looked up to as a person who's a stand-up guy and guy who's accountable," Grace said in a recent interview with 3TV reporter Stella Inger.

Grace said jail has changed his life and he doesn't plan to drink and drive ever again.

"Don't do it. Hand the keys to someone else. There's a lot of taxis out there. And for all of those rich folk, there's limos, too," Grace said.

Grace played with the Diamondbacks from 2001 to 2003, helping the team win the World Series in 2001.

His role as the Diamondbacks' color commentator came to an end in October when the team announced he would no longer be calling games.


 

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