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Mark Grace: I don't fault Diamondbacks for firing me after DUI arrest

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Former Diamondbacks player and announcer Mark Grace is speaking publicly for the first time since his second arrest last year for DUI.

Mark Grace was in a happy, upbeat mood Monday, thankful to be asked to participate in the Diamondbacks fantasy camp.

Several players from the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series team were at Salt River Fields for the team's 8th Annual Fantasy Camp -- but none were more excited to be there than Mark Grace.

"Because of some obvious circumstances, a lot of guys in my situation don't get these kinds of opportunities, so kudos to such a class move on the D'backs part," said Grace.

While he couldn't talk specifically about his second DUI arrest last August, he holds no hard feelings against the D'backs, who officially let him go as their broadcast analyst in September.

"They had no choice. One thing I try to teach my children and I expect from myself and expected from my teammates is accountability. The Diamondbacks didn't do anything wrong, I did," said Grace.

His case is set to go to trial on March 19th. After that he's not sure what the future will bring.

"This is a time consuming situation, a life changing situation. Right now those are all big question marks. I just know that here I am at this Fantasy Camp once again wearing D'backs colors."

Since it was his second DUI in 16 months, Grace is not eligible for probation. The maximum sentence he could serve is four years.

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