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.”