Former Diamondback Mark Grace attends DUI hearing

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace had a court hearing on Wednesday for his DUI case.

During that hearing Maricopa County court commissioner Jerry Bernstein scheduled a status conference in the case for Jan. 13, 2013.

Bernstein also scheduled a trial management conference at 8:30 a.m. on March 14, 2013 and set the trial date for March 19, 2013.

During the hearing Bernstein asked Grace to state his name and date of birth and that was all Grace said.

On October 3, Grace was indicted by a grand jury on four felony counts of DUI. Each count carries a sentence between 1 and 3.75 years in prison.

Grace was stopped by Scottsdale Police on August 23 because the license plate on his vehicle had reportedly expired.

Police went on to administer a field sobriety test and arrested Grace for suspicion of DUI.

Grace’s license was suspended at the time of his arrest for a previous DUI charge from May of 2011.

As a result of his first DUI charge, Grace was required to have an interlock device in his vehicle. That device, however, was not in his vehicle when he was pulled over in August.

In October the Diamondbacks announced that Grace would no longer serve as a broadcaster for the team.

Following Grace’s dismissal, Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall told that Grace was aware that a second DUI arrest would cost him his job.

Hall added that the team feels “terrible” for Grace, and continues to support him.

Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Grace helped the Arizona Diamondbacks win the World Series in 2001.