Grace Says He Was ‘Never’ A Candidate To Replace Santo

Mark Grace spent 13 seasons playing for the Chicago Cubs before moving on to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and eventually to the Diamondbacks’ broadcast booth.

And despite still being very popular in Chicago, Grace was never a candidate to replace the late Ron Santo in the Cubs’ radio booth.

“That never happened,” Grace told the Chicago Tribune before Tuesday’s game when asked if he was contact by WGN.

“Obviously, with Ronnie passing away [last December] that was just a shame,” Grace told the Tribune. “I love that man and I miss him every day. It kills me to look over to the booth. All due respect to Keith, but I miss seeing that toupee over there, I really do. But, no, I was never contacted. Before Ron passed away, I had already signed an extension with the Diamondbacks. So it wasn’t going to happen.”

Grace won a World Series in Arizona while playing for current Cubs’ TV analyst Bob Brenly.

  • jose g

    I’m sure Mark Grace would have listened to the Cubs Brass if they had contacted & considered him for the job when they were looking to see who would work in their Radio Booth. However since Grace resides in AZ year round & has been in the D-Backs Booth along with his Duties for Fox Sports the last few yrs that would’ve taken him away from his Family more during the season in Chicago & it likely would’ve weighed in for him heavily to probably not take the job. Grace had finished his career in AZ & had won a WS there in ’01 but any true Baseball Fan whether they cheer for the Cubs or Not would link him to the N. Siders since that is where he broke into the Big Leagues w/ & spent the majority of his career in Chicago.

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