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Updated Aug 24, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Derrick Hall comments on Mark Grace situation

For the second time in 15 months, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mark Grace has been arrested for DUI in Scottsdale. The second arrest occurred Thursday night, and resulted in Grace being granted an indefinite leave of absence by the organization.

D-backs President/CEO Derrick Hall joined Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Friday and commented on the arrest.

"Mark called me first thing this morning, and I give him a lot of credit and he of course said all the right things and feels absolutely horrible," Hall said. "It's a tough situation for the Diamondbacks, for him, and he asked for time so he could get his life in order and he get could get some help, and I'm glad that he did."

Luis Gonzalez, who currently serves as a special assistant in the Diamondbacks' front office, will step into Grace's role as the television color analyst for games Friday and Saturday.

"In the meantime we do have people that can fill in those spots," Hall said. "We have Tom Candiotti who can move up, we have Luis Gonzalez, who has always said 'have me do whatever you need me to do', which I couldn't be grateful enough for him -- and he's going to do so."

With Grace having a history of DUI, and considering the fact that he was also driving without his mandatory interlock device, the penalties could be severe for the 48-year-old. Hall has not made any announcements on Grace's future with the organization.

"We have to wait to see what happens and let the legal process take place," Hall said. "I hope everything works out for Mark because this is a sad time for him, this is a dark time for him and the D-backs, and again, I give him all the credit in the world because he was a man about it.

"He called me first thing this morning. (It was a) tough conversation for him to have had with me and vice versa."


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