Former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace has been indicted in a DUI case and could face nearly four years in prison if he’s convicted, authorities in Phoenix said Thursday.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said a grand jury indicted Grace on Oct. 3 on four felony counts of aggravated driving or actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Authorities said Grace faces between one and 3.75 years in prison on each count, but the sentences would likely be imposed concurrently if he’s convicted because they relate to one incident.
Grace, 48, could face less time if he pleads guilty to reduced charges, according to authorities who said he’s not probation eligible because it was his second DUI charge in a 15-month span.
Grace was arrested Aug. 23 by Scottsdale police, who said his blood-alcohol level was .095 percent, above the state’s legal limit of .08.
Police said Grace also was allegedly driving on a suspended license and didn’t have the required interlock device installed in his vehicle stemming from a May 2011 DUI charge.
Grace took a leave of absence after his second arrest, and the Diamondbacks recently replaced him in the broadcast booth after nine seasons.
He played 16 years in the majors with the Chicago Cubs and Diamondbacks and was a member of Arizona’s 2001 World Series championship team.
M’S RYAN HONORED
Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan has earned a 2012 Fielding Bible award for his stellar play in the field this season.
A panel of 10 analysts, including Peter Gammons and Bill James, voted for the recipients. Ryan led all shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved by a significant margin with 27. His closest competitor was Atlanta rookie Andrelton Simmons with 19.
The Fielding Bible awards are different from other baseball awards, such as the Gold Glove, because there is only one winner at each position instead of separate winners for each league.
Meanwhile, the Mariners outrighted designated hitter-first baseman Luis Jimenez to Triple-A Tacoma, taking him off the 40-man roster.
That leaves Seattle with two open spots on the 40-man roster.
Because Jimenez, 30, will be a sixth-year minor leaguer, he can accept the outright assignment to Tacoma or choose to become a minor league free agent.
NEW RATINGS LOW
The Giants’ 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers set a record low television rating for a World Series opener.
Fox said the game received a 7.6 rating and 12 share, and that it was seen by 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research.
The rating dropped 13 percent from the 8.7/14 for St. Louis’ 3-2 victory over Texas in Game 1 last year, which averaged 14.2 million viewers. That broke the low set the previous year when the Giants’ 11-7 win over the Rangers got an 8.9.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and is expected to fully recover before the start of next season. … Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and “will be full go” in six weeks.