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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27 Comments on "Mark Loretta Retires"


cicerojoe
5 years 6 months ago

Mark Loretta had a pretty nice career.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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.

dmendoza3
5 years 6 months 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!

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

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

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 6 months ago

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

formerdraftpick
5 years 6 months ago

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

paulyicecubes
5 years 6 months ago

.295 career avg, not too shabby!

bstokes
5 years 6 months ago

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

bomberj11
5 years 6 months 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!

Skye721
5 years 6 months 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!

Muggi
5 years 6 months ago

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

Ohhhplease
5 years 6 months 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.

padreshobo
5 years 6 months ago

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

5 years 6 months ago

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

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

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

czarandy
5 years 6 months ago

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

BraunforMVP
5 years 6 months ago

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

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the Coolest moment in my baseball related life.

mattinglyfan
5 years 6 months ago

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

fgsfsfbbbrd
5 years 6 months 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