Mark Grace was never a flashy, power hitter, and was often overlooked on a Cubs team that included Sammy Sosa, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg. However, Grace was a consistent, steady hitter, compiling almost 2,500 hits and over 500 doubles over his 16-year career. He also had a career on-base percentage of .383 and collected four Gold Gloves.
In 2000, Mark Grace and the Chicago Cubs management had a falling out, resulting in the Cubs not pursuing the renewal of his contract. However, the Arizona Diamondbacks proceeded to sign him, where he played for three more seasons, including helping the Diamondbacks to a World Series victory in 2001.
On September 26, 2003, Mark Grace announced that he would be retiring from baseball.