The Arizona Diamondbacks will replace broadcasters Daron Sutton and Mark Grace, team executive Derrick Hall told the media Thursday. While Grace was let go because of his second DUI arrest in 15 months, the team will look to move in a new direction after "philosophical differences" soured the relationship with Sutton, via Fox Sports Arizona:
"We're looking to have a clean start. When it came to Daron, it came down to philosophical differences in broadcasting. It's no knock on him. Both he and Grace were a good team. I thank them for everything they have done. It's just time to move in a different direction."
The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reported that Hall claimed it was not Sutton being too negative in the booth, but a result of "things that have happened over the years" that caused the team to look for a new play-by-play man. Sutton is still under contract after signing a four-year extension last year.
Greg Schulte, who took Sutton's place when Sutton was suspended for undisclosed reasons on June 21, will man the radio booth next season.
The team could look in house to replace Grace, according to Fox Sports Arizona's Jack MaGruder.