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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.

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