Changes in the Arizona broadcast booth also could mean changes in Chicago.
The Arizona Republic reports the Diamondbacks have fired Daron Sutton and analyst Mark Grace. Sutton had been suspended since June. Among other things, he wanted to wear a suit, not a polo shirt on the telecast.
Really? How many people would put on a clown’s outfit for a chance to broadcast Major League Baseball.
From the Republic:
Until Thursday, the team had been cryptic about its reasons for suspending Sutton. Hall said Sutton was not too negative on the air nor did he have any run-ins with the law.
“It’s things that have happened over the years,” Hall said, when asked to elaborate on what he meant by “philosophical differences.” “The collaboration here of our personnel, dealing with Daron and us trying to go in a direction that was different than he wanted to go as a broadcaster. It’s no knock on him. It’s style differences and differences of philosophies, as I mentioned. Daron’s going to be a good broadcaster for years to come, I certainly hope.”
As for Grace, a second DUI was the last straw.
“It was definitely a factor,” Hall said. “We had told him before that if it happened again, we were not going to have him return to the booth. He knew that. We had a conversation about that after the second one.
“We feel terrible for Mark and what he’s going through. He’s obviously got a legal process, as well, on his hands. We hope everything works out for him and we’re here for him, but again he knew that this was going to be a consequence. It just so happens that his contract is up after this year, as well.”
Arizona likely will be looking to Chicago for Grace’s replacement. Bob Brenly, who works the Cubs TV games, won the 2001 World Series as manager of the Diamondbacks. It still a bit baffling that he hasn’t landed another job in the dugout since he was fired in 2004 considering he has a ring on his finger.
White Sox analyst Steve Stone also is a candidate. He lives in Phoenix. As I reported yesterday, Stone appears to be at odds with TV partner Ken Harrelson.