Ex-1st baseman retired in '03

After a 111-loss season, the worst in franchise history, the Arizona Diamondbacks need a saving Grace.

Mark Grace, the team's television analyst and former first baseman, met with Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. and other front office personnel for 3½ hours on Friday, interviewing for Arizona's vacant managerial position.

Grace is the second candidate to interview. Interim manager Al Pedrique, promoted from third-base coach after former skipper Bob Brenly was fired July 2, met with the team Thursday.

Grace, 40, spent the first 13 of his 16 major-league seasons with the Chicago Cubs and the final three with the Diamondbacks, with whom he won the World Series in 2001. He retired after the 2003 season and was offered the chance to manage Arizona's Class A team but refused. Grace finished with a career .303 batting average, 173 homers and 1,146 RBI.