Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jake Barrett (left) and Matt Stites against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Grace takes hitting coach job for Diamondbacks Class-A affiliate

16 months ago, things did not look particularly great for former Major League first baseman, Mark Grace. After committing his second DUI offense, Grace was sentenced to a four-month jail sentence which he served through a work release program.

Slowly but surely though, Grace is making his way back into the game and he took another step in that direction by accepting a position as the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamnodbacks’ Class-A affiliate, the Hillsboro Hops.

The former D-Backs first baseman was on the player development team for the Arizona Rookie League club last season, so this is certainly a promotion for the former Major League star.

This is just another step in the rehabilitation process for Grace, who has consistently battled problems with alcohol. Getting himself back into the game of baseball is more than likely something that can benefit him in the long run.

The only question now is whether or not Grace wants to stay within the coaching ranks, or work his way back into the broadcasting field where he was beginning to excel.