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Mark Loretta | Third Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 8/14/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Northwestern
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Mark Loretta has retired to accept a front office job with the Padres, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock.
He will take over as a special assistant to the Padres' baseball operations staff. Loretta ends with a .295/.360/.395 batting line over 15 professional seasons. He played for five teams during his career. Mon, Jan 25, 2010 05:33:00 PM

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Mark Loretta is "leaning toward retiring and accepting a front office job with an unspecified club," according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Loretta, who turns 39 this season, has played for the Brewers, Astros, Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers during his 14-year professional career. It's a safe guess that he's talking about an office gig with one of those clubs. Crasnick expects something to happen "this week."
Sat, Jan 23, 2010 05:33:00 PM

Mark Loretta's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday night completed an improbable two-out comeback as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

The Cardinals led 2-1 with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, and Ryan Franklin seemed to have ended the game when he got James Loney to hit a routine liner to left. Yet, Matt Holliday muffed the play and turned it into a double. Two walks and a Ronnie Belliard RBI single later, pinch-hitter Loretta drove in Casey Blake for a walk-off victory. It was a crushing loss for the Cards, who now head back to St. Louis with their backs up against the wall.
Thu, Oct 8, 2009 09:36:00 PM

Mark Loretta hit an eighth-inning go-ahead RBI single in the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night.

The single by Loretta off reliever Jason Grilli capped a four-run eighth inning rally by the Dodgers. Loretta was 2-for-4 in his first start of the season. The Dodgers have now won six games in a row.
Sat, Apr 18, 2009 02:31:00 AM

Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said Mark Loretta's groin injury is higher up, in a place where it is "notorious for hanging around."

Manager Joe Torre said Loretta won't play for four or five days as the team takes a cautious approach.
Tue, Mar 24, 2009 08:10:00 PM

Mark Loretta left Monday's game in the fifth inning with slight right groin tightness.

It's basically the same injury that Chad Billingsley incurred just a few innings earlier. Both players will be checked on Tuesday morning.
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 06:42:00 PM

There's talk at Dodgers camp that the Yankees may be interested in Mark Loretta, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

Loretta was a very good fit for the Dodgers when left-handed-hitting Blake DeWitt was going to be the team's second baseman. However, he doesn't make as much sense now with Orlando Hudson in town. If the Dodgers trade him, it'd open a spot to keep DeWitt as a reserve. Loretta, though, has no-trade protection through June 15 after signing a free-agent contract in the offseason.
Source: SI.com
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 03:20:00 PM

Dodgers signed infielder Mark Loretta, who had been with the Astros, to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Loretta, who picked the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks, Pirates and perhaps the Phillies, is taking a $1.5 million paycut even though he posted his best OPS since 2004 for the Astros last season. He ended up hitting .280/.350/.383 in 261 at-bats. While he's no longer an everyday guy, Loretta can still hit lefties and should be a nice asset as a platoon partner for Blake DeWitt at second base. Ideally, he'd end up getting 200-250 at-bats.
Wed, Dec 10, 2008 06:01:00 PM

The Dodgers and Mark Loretta have come to terms on a one-year deal, according to agent Bob Garber.

It's worth about $1.3 million. The Diamondbacks, Pirates and Phillies were also looking at the 38-year-old. Loretta picked a contender to join, though he shouldn't have a full-time job in Los Angeles. The plan will likely be for Blake DeWitt to start at second base versus righties, with Loretta filling in against lefties. Loretta can also start when Casey Blake needs a break. The Dodgers aren't getting a legitimate backup shortstop here, but Loretta is still a pretty handy guy to have around.
Tue, Dec 9, 2008 12:49:00 AM

The Diamondbacks have picked up talks with Mark Loretta and made the free agent a contract offer.

It'd probably be a one-year deal for the 37-year-old. It sounds like the Diamondbacks would prefer to pair a couple of veterans at second base, with one of the two also being able to serve as a backup at short and third. Ideally, they'd be able to sign both Loretta and Ramon Vazquez, though that might take up too much of their budget. The Pirates, Phillies and Dodgers are also known to have interest in Loretta.
Mon, Dec 8, 2008 01:09:00 PM

The Pirates have had two conversations with Mark Loretta's agent about a possible deal.

We could see Loretta starting for a mediocre team or acting as a utilityman for a good one. There's no reason for him to take a job as a backup on a lousy club. The Phillies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are known to be interested.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008 04:14:00 PM

The Diamondbacks have had preliminary talks with free-agent infielder Mark Loretta.

Loretta could be a solid pickup, but it'd be better if he's signed as a utilityman and pinch-hitter than as a regular second baseman. The 37-year-old hit .280/.350/.383 in 261 at-bats for the Astros last season.
Fri, Nov 7, 2008 06:57:00 PM

Mark Loretta was used as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday and grounded out.

Loretta missed two games because of a bruised left thigh.
Tue, Aug 5, 2008 06:11:00 PM

Mark Loretta was out of the lineup Monday for the second straight game with a bruised left thigh.

"I'm sore, but I'm available," Loretta said. "I just got a bruised thigh, a deep thigh bruise or whatever. It's just a football injury."
Tue, Aug 5, 2008 10:56:00 AM

Mark Loretta broke a tie with a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the eight to lead the Astros to a 7-3 win over the Mets on Friday.

Loretta's fourth homer of the year and second career slam came off Aaron Heilman. It's the fourth straight time that Loretta has delivered after coming off the bench, and he went 3-for-5 in his only start of the second half. Maybe the Astros need to give him some additional playing time
Sat, Aug 2, 2008 12:22:00 AM

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2Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
2Miguel Rojas
3Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Yasiel Puig
RF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
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PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Roberto Hernandez
6Kevin Correia
7Josh Beckett
8Paul Maholm
9Chad Billingsley
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PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Brandon League
6Jamey Wright
7Carlos Frias
8Paco Rodriguez
9Chris Withrow
10Onelki Garcia
11Pedro Baez