Mark Grace announces retirement

Sept. 26, 2003 at 8:27 PM

PHOENIX, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- After joking that he had signed a contract extension, Mark Grace announced his retirement from baseball Friday.

Flanked by team officials, the 39-year-old first baseman of the Arizona Diamondbacks made the announcement at a news conference prior to Arizona's home game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

But first, he flashed the humor that made him one of baseball's best quotes.

"We've agreed to a two-year extension," he deadpanned. "Oh, you didn't tell them (media) about that?"

Grace said that the three-game series against the Cardinals will be his last as an active player, ending a 16-year career spent primarily with the Cubs but also featuring a World Series championship with the Diamondbacks in 2001.

"You'll no longer see me uglying up the clubhouse as a player," Grace said.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Mark Grace
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Super Bowl: Cam Newton goes dim postgame
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Man uses snowboard to wakeboard on flooded streets
New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher
List of all records set and tied in Super Bowl 50