Pedrique among others who interviewed

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are shortening their list of eight managerial candidates, and Mark Grace is out of the running for the job.

Grace said he was informed of the team's decision Thursday but hopes to remain with the organization as a broadcaster,
minor-league manager or coach on the staff of the new Diamondbacks' skipper.

"I still have a plan and vision and hopefully someday, I will
be a major-league manager," said Grace, who ended his 16-year
career with Arizona in 2003. "We'll just let things take their

Grace spent last season as the Diamondbacks' television analyst.

Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. was scheduled to begin informing the remaining managerial candidates Thursday on who would be brought back for a second interview.

Interviewed in the first round were Diamondbacks interim manager Al Pedrique, former Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin, Texas Rangers first base coach DeMarlo Hale, Montreal Expos third base coach Manny Acta, Colorado Rockies bench coach Jamie Quirk, Anaheim Angels bench coach Joe Maddon, and Wally Backman, manager for Arizona's Class A team in Lancaster, Calif.

The Diamondbacks fired manager Bob Brenly on July 2 and
Pedrique, promoted from third base coach, had a 22-61 record on the
way to Arizona's 111-loss season.