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Updated Aug 28, 2012 - 7:32 am

Arizona Diamondbacks president talks about Mark Grace arrest

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks say they don't know when Mark Grace will return to the broadcast booth.

Grace was placed on a leave of absence last week after he was arrested a second time on a DUI charge.

Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said he learned of the arrest from Grace himself.

"Mark called me the night after, unfortunately, he was pulled over," Hall said. "He had actually asked for some time off for some personal help, and I'm glad he did. It was a situation where we probably would have had taken action, maybe an indefinite suspension, until we see how the process plays out legally."

Hall said that Grace regrets his actions that led to this unfortunate incident.

"Nobody feels worse than he does," Hall said. "I'm just glad that everybody was safe, himself included, others included. We'll just see how it plays out now after this."

Hall said that with just 33 games remaining in the regular season, it's possible that Grace may not return to the broadcasts this year.

Meanwhile, TV play-by-play voice Darron Sutton is still suspended.

"It remains the same, an indefinite suspension there," Hall said.

When asked why Sutton was suspended, Hall said "It's a personnel issue, and, because of that, we really can't discuss it publicly. It wouldn't be fair to him, and wouldn't be fair to us."

Hall said that he hopes Diamondback fans understand why the team has decided not to reveal why Sutton was suspended.

He said that Greg Schulte on television and Jeff Munn on Arizona Sports 620 have stepped up to the plate and done a great job amidst the broadcast booth turmoil.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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