Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Diamondbacks announce Mark Grace and Daron Sutton will not return to the broadcast booth

CAR! and driver…

Daron Sutton and Mark Grace will not return to the Diamondbacks broadcast booth next season, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said Thursday morning.

Hall said the team had “philosophical differences” with Sutton, who was suspended after calling the June 20 game against the Seattle Mariners.

In August, Grace received his second DUI in 15 months. Hall said the club had told Grace after the first DUI that they could not keep him if it happened again.

...Grace was first arrested on May 30, 2011. According to police, he had his license suspended and was required to have an interlock device installed in his vehicle. But when Scottsdale police pulled him over again on Aug. 23, they said he was driving with a suspended license and was behind the wheel of a vehicle without an interlock device.

“It was definitely a factor,” Hall said. “We had told him before that if it happened again, we were not going to have him return to the booth. He knew that. We had a conversation about that after the second one.

“We feel terrible for Mark and what he’s going through. He’s obviously got a legal process, as well, on his hands. We hope everything works out for him and we’re here for him, but again he knew that this was going to be a consequence. It just so happens that his contract is up after this year, as well.”

Repoz Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, diamondbacks

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. UCCF Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4254453)
Slumpbuster will turn this around. Someone call that chick from Mike and Molly.
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4254487)
I haven't followed the story much, but do "philosophical differences" still = "wants to wear a suit"?
   3. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM (#4254522)
#2,

Yes.
   4. KT's Pot Arb Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM (#4254527)
does "team wants Daron to wear team colors" still = "team wants Daron to be more of a homer"?


Yes. Daron is a good guy and a decent announcer.

I will miss him.
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4254560)
That's pretty absurd. I've always enjoyed Sutton's work. You'd think his enthusiasm for the team would offset his reluctance to plaster Diamondback paraphernalia all over himself.
   6. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM (#4254806)
Daron Sutton and Mark Grace will not return to the Diamondbacks broadcast booth next season, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said Thursday morning...In August, Grace received his second DUI in 15 months.

So they're saying the Diamondbacks have been dis-Graced?
   7. The District Attorney Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM (#4254809)
You'd think his enthusiasm for the team would offset his reluctance to plaster Diamondback paraphernalia all over himself.
People can watch a baseball game anywhere, okay? They come to Chase Field for the atmosphere and the attitude. That's what the flair's about. It's about fun.
   8. shoewizard Posted: October 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4254815)
well they dont watch the announcers when at chase but whatever
   9. JoeHova Posted: October 05, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4254825)
Daron Sutton is absolutely atrocious. I believe the philosophical differences were probably that Sutton thought he didn't suck but the team finally realized the truth. I'm so glad that I won't have to hear that guy anymore (although, who am I kidding, he's the son of a famous broadcaster, half the teams in the league will probably be trying to sign him up). I'm serious, I almost felt nauseous every time I heard Sutton's voice. I just disliked everything about his approach to announcing- the faux-populism, the self-satisfied anti-intellectualism, the bizarre and stupid moral stands (wouldn't say "Damn" even when it was part of a show's name), the cloddsih homerism, etc. Announcers don't get any worse than Daron Sutton. Good riddance.
   10. phredbird Posted: October 05, 2012 at 01:07 AM (#4254828)
shoewizard, i think the DA was making an 'office space' reference. heh.
   11. shoewizard Posted: October 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM (#4254833)
doh!
   12. Leroy Kincaid Posted: October 05, 2012 at 07:38 AM (#4254860)
Grace has always been a train-wreck as an announcer. But he'll likely get a job somewhere. People love a clown.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Infinite Joost (Voxter)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(445 - 12:35pm, Jul 28)
Last: Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14!

Newsblog2014 Prospect Watch | MLB.com: UPDATED
(2 - 12:34pm, Jul 28)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1957 Discussion
(1 - 12:31pm, Jul 28)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogO'Connor: Tulo looks more A-Rod than Jeter
(13 - 12:29pm, Jul 28)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3320 - 12:25pm, Jul 28)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogDodgers and Diamondbacks Triple-A teams involved in wild brawl
(23 - 12:23pm, Jul 28)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogDeadspin: David Ortiz Pissed Off the Rays Again
(28 - 12:20pm, Jul 28)
Last: 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-28-2014
(24 - 12:19pm, Jul 28)
Last: Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band.

NewsblogGossage on Bonds, McGwire Hall hopes: ‘Are you f–king kidding?’
(120 - 12:18pm, Jul 28)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogSchoenfield: Why didn't the Braves win more titles?
(80 - 12:07pm, Jul 28)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogFull Count » Mike Carp explains why he requested a trade from Red Sox
(23 - 11:43am, Jul 28)
Last: Jose Can Still Seabiscuit

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(969 - 11:18am, Jul 28)
Last: tshipman

SABR - BBTF ChapterWho's going to SABR??
(102 - 11:03am, Jul 28)
Last: Nineto Lezcano needs to get his shit together (CW)

NewsblogIs It True That Some Players Can’t Hack It in New York?
(1 - 10:56am, Jul 28)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogHall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players, Effective Immediately
(85 - 10:48am, Jul 28)
Last: toratoratora

Page rendered in 0.2452 seconds
52 querie(s) executed