Mark Loretta Retires

Infielder Mark Loretta has retired to take a position as special assistant to the Padres' baseball operations staff, tweets MLB.com's Corey Brock.

Loretta finishes with a .295/.360/.395 line in 6,558 plate appearances across 15 seasons for the Brewers, Astros, Padres, Red Sox, and Dodgers.  He mainly played second base, but also logged significant innings at the other three infield positions.  Loretta appeared in two All-Star games and finished ninth in the NL MVP vote in '04, when he hit .335/.391/.495 for the Padres.  According to Baseball-Reference, Loretta banked $29.4MM in his career.


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  1. cicerojoe 5 years ago

    Mark Loretta had a pretty nice career.

  2. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    This is the right move. He looked really bad with the Dodgers and had no power left. I think he had less power than Juan Pierre… without the speed, contact or defense… it was a good move to retire

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      As a Dodger fan however, I will never forget the RBI single off Ryan Franklin in the NLDS. Kudos Mark. Enjoy this next phase.

      • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

        agree. He provided our first walkoff in the playoffs since Gibson, I believe. Had a good career, according to the numbers, just looked overmatched for most of the season.

  3. dmendoza3 5 years ago

    Met him in Chicago last year when they were in town to play the Cubs. Very much a CLASS act and deserves a long career outside the game. Good Luck Mark!

  4. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    i sort of guessed it was the padres as the “mystery team.”
    seems fitting.

  5. BradyAndersonsSideburns 5 years ago

    His career numbers are a little better than I realized. Solid player for sure, he had a nice career

  6. formerdraftpick 5 years ago

    Thanks for some great baseball Mark! Good luck with your future endeavors with my alma mater.

  7. paulyicecubes 5 years ago

    .295 career avg, not too shabby!

  8. bstokes 5 years ago

    Can the Padres bring him out of retirement mid-season? I’m only half joking…

  9. bomberj11 5 years ago

    Nice OBP too, seems like a guy that would have a low OBP. He was also a quiet player, and kind of lost in the crowd. Great career Mark!

  10. Skye721 5 years ago

    My all-time fave player… I am really gonna miss him out on the field.I wish him a long and very, very enjoyable career off the field. This job will keep him closer to his family, which is probably what he really wants. Good luck, Mark. Always love you!

  11. Muggi 5 years ago

    Solid big-league career. I wish him a happy retirement

  12. Ohhhplease 5 years ago

    Very nice signing for the Padres front-office. Another strong baseball mind in the front office. Very smart ballplayer who made the most out of his opportunities on and off the field…I really like the direction Hoyer is taking the baseball operations side of the Padres.

  13. padreshobo 5 years ago

    Great career and guy. Glad to see him with my Padres.

  14. as a cardinals fan, i wish he would have retired 3 at bats ago :(

  15. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Very good player. Very under appreciated during his career. Good luck to him in the future.

  16. czarandy 5 years ago

    Get back to where you once belonged
    Get back, Loretta
    Go home

  17. BraunforMVP 5 years ago

    Nice player played for the Brewers for a while. Good luck to you

  18. Guest 5 years ago

    Thanks for the Coolest moment in my baseball related life.

  19. mattinglyfan 5 years ago

    Just a solid baseball player, underrated, it’s nice to see he retired on his own terms.

  20. fgsfsfbbbrd 5 years ago

    Mirroring the majority, good luck with your future endeavors Mark. You may not have had the flashiest career, but you got the job done, and done right. Great career, great man. Hopefully he can parlay that into being a great executive/manager/coach

  21. ancientmariner 5 years ago

    2006 Hutch Award Winner. Came back to wage and win his own private battle with skin cancer. Totally a class act. Met him at Safeco Field when he won the award and it couldn’t have gone to a nicer guy. Congratulations Mark on a terrific career and a firstclass representation of the Hutch Award!

  22. frank2010phils 5 years ago

    Good Career Mark , wish you nothing but the best !

  23. JoeyT107 5 years ago

    Mark was a class act, and one of the quietest, most under appreciated players in baseball. We loved him in Milwaukee.

  24. stefminus 5 years ago

    god bless mark loretta. he was a key part of those late-season charges by the astros. good guy to have around.

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