Mark Loretta

Mark David Loretta (born August 14, 1971) is an American former professional baseball infielder and current bench coach for the Chicago Cubs. He played fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1995 and 2009 for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Loretta coached the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in September 2012.

Mark Loretta
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Loretta with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009
Chicago Cubs – No. 19
Born: August 14, 1971 (age 47)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1995, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.295
Home runs76
Runs batted in629
As player:

As coach:

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

Minor leagues

Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft out of Northwestern University, Loretta made his professional debut with the Helena Brewers in 1993. He subsequently played with the Stockton Ports, El Paso Diablos and New Orleans Zephyrs. He was selected to the American Association All-star team during the 1995 season.

Milwaukee Brewers

Loretta made his Major League debut on September 4, 1995 for the Brewers against the Minnesota Twins and recorded his first hit on September 10 against the Texas Rangers. He remained on the Brewers every day roster as a utility player through 2002.

On June 20, 2001, during an 11–3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Loretta took the mound to pitch a scoreless eighth inning. Brewers manager Davey Lopes asked the team for a volunteer to pitch an inning in hopes of saving the depleted bullpen, and Loretta volunteered. He had not pitched since college. Loretta faced five batters, gave up one hit and one walk and got two strikeouts on 19 pitches. He was the first everyday player to pitch for the Brewers since 1991.

Loretta was traded to the Houston Astros during the 2002 season for Keith Ginter and Wayne Franklin, and played in 21 games as a reserve before filing for free agency.[1]

San Diego Padres

He signed with the San Diego Padres in 2003. His most productive season came in 2004 for the Padres, when he batted .335 with 47 doubles, 16 home runs, 76 RBI, 108 runs scored, and 208 hits – all career bests, and good enough to earn him a spot on the National League All-Star team. His .335 average ranked him third in the National League batting race behind Barry Bonds (.362) and Todd Helton (.347), and he also joined Tony Gwynn as the only San Diego players to have 200 hits in a regular season. He was voted Padres team MVP in 2003 and 2004.

In 2005, Loretta hit .280 with three home runs and 38 RBI in 105 games with the Padres, after he had surgery to repair a strained ligament in his left thumb.

Boston Red Sox

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Loretta batting for the Red Sox in 2006.

During the 2006 offseason, Loretta was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for catcher Doug Mirabelli.[2]

In 2006, Loretta hit .285 with five home runs and 59 RBI in 155 games with the Red Sox. Loretta was awarded a start at second base for the American League in the 2006 MLB All-Star Game. Due to various injuries to teammates, Loretta also filled in at first base and as the designated hitter at various points during the season. He hit his first career walk-off home run on April 17, 2006, against the Seattle Mariners on Patriots' Day at Fenway Park. This was also his first home run of the season.

Houston Astros

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Loretta with the Astros in 2007.

On January 4, 2007, Loretta signed with the Houston Astros on a one-year contract to serve a utility role.[3] On June 29, 2007, with 2 outs and behind one run, the Colorado Rockies intentionally walked Carlos Lee who had hit a walk-off grand slam the night before. Loretta then hit a 2-run homer for another walk-off home run the second night in a row.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On December 10, 2008, Loretta signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for reported $1.25 million.[4]

On October 8, 2009, Mark Loretta hit a walk-off single to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3–2, in game two of the National League Division Series. The score was tied and the bases were loaded with two outs when he stroked a line drive off Cardinal reliever Ryan Franklin to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Until this game-winning single Mark Loretta had been hitless in his career against Franklin.[5] His single completed a come from behind victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers who trailed the Cardinals, 2–1, going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Loretta said, "That's the biggest hit of my career."[6] This sudden victory enabled the Dodgers to take a two games to none lead in the division series.[7] They would go on to win the series, 3–0.


Loretta retired after the 2009 season. He joined the Padres as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff in 2010.

Coaching career

Chicago Cubs

On January 2, 2019, he was named bench coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Team Israel

Loretta coached the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in September 2012.[8][9] Israel lost to Spain in extra innings in the Pool Finals, missing out on a spot in the World Baseball Classic.[9][10][11]

Personal life

Loretta attended Saint Francis High School in La Cañada, California, and he was a classmate of Gregg Zaun.[12] Loretta has a wife named Hilary (née Kaplan), son named Frankie, and daughter named Lucy. His parents are David and Ellen Loretta, and he has a brother Chris and a sister Kelly.[13] Loretta is also a member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as FIJI (Northwestern University, 1993).


  1. ^ "Brewers' trade history is marked by blockbusters, busts". Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Red Sox trade Mirabelli to Padres for Loretta". December 7, 2005. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Astros, Loretta agree to one-year deal". May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "It's official: Loretta joins Dodgers". May 24, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. ^ T.J. Simers (October 9, 2009). "Dodgers game was too good to miss because of one player". Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Caleb Bacon (October 8, 2009). "A Magical Ninth, An Improbable Dodger Victory". Archived from the original on May 29, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Dylan Hernandez (October 9, 2009). "Victory drops in Dodgers' lap". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Grossfeld, Stan (September 17, 2012). "Team Israel competing in WBC Qualifier". Boston Globe. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  9. ^ a b New Jersey (March 3, 2013). "Mets' Q-and-A with utility player Josh Satin". Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Corey Brock (October 25, 2012). "Padres prospect Freiman looks to raise his game; First baseman enjoys the competition in World Classic, Arizona Fall League". Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  11. ^ "Astros select Fields, Freiman in Major League portion of Rule 5 Draft" (Press release). December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "MLB: St. Francis Alum With the Game Winner". August 9, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-04-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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1993 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. In 1950, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) selected its first All-American baseball team. It has since chosen All-American teams and a player of the year for each division (National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, Division II, Division III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, junior college and high school). Collegiate Baseball selects All-American, Freshman All-American and High School All-American teams. Baseball America magazine selects pre-season and post-season All-American teams and College Player of the Year honorees.Various organizations selected All-American lists of the best players for the 1993 NCAA Division I college baseball season. The ABCA, the magazine Baseball America, and Collegiate Baseball were the NCAA-sanctioned selectors. This list only includes players selected to the post-season All-American first team for each selector. However, many All-American selections choose second, third, etc. teams from the remaining eligible candidates.

1993 Major League Baseball draft

The 1993 Major League Baseball draft began with first round selections on June 3, 1993. Alex Rodriguez was selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners. Other notable draftees included Chris Carpenter, Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, Scott Rolen, future NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

1997 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1997 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers finishing third in the American League Central, eight games behind the Cleveland Indians, with a record of 78 wins and 83 losses. 1997 was the Brewers' final season in the American League, before moving to the National League for the following season.

1999 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1999 season involved the Brewers' finishing 5th in the National League Central with a record of 74 wins and 87 losses.

2000 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2000 season involved the Brewers' finishing 3rd in the National League Central with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses.

2001 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2001 season involved the Brewers' finishing 4th in the National League Central with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses. The 2001 Brewers scored in 740 runs, 11th in the NL, and ranked 1st in strikeouts, 1,399.

2003 San Diego Padres season

The 2003 San Diego Padres season was the 35th season in franchise history.

2004 Major League Baseball season

The 2004 Major League Baseball season ended when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game World Series sweep. This season was particularly notable since the Red Sox championship broke the 86-year-long popular myth known as the Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox were also the first team in MLB history and the third team from a major North American professional sports league to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

The Montreal Expos would play their last season in Montreal, before re-locating to Washington DC, becoming the Washington Nationals in 2005.

2004 San Diego Padres season

The 2004 San Diego Padres season was the 36th season in franchise history. It saw the club finish with a record of 87-75, the fifth most wins in franchise history. With the 87 wins, the Padres improved their win-loss record by 23 games over the 2003 season (64-98), the single largest improvement from one full season to the next in team history. The Padres also moved into their new home Petco Park, which drew a total of 3,016,752 fans to 81 home games, shattering all previous attendance marks.

2005 National League Division Series

The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 100–62) vs. (3) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 82–80): Cardinals win series, 3–0.

(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 90–72) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 89–73): Astros win series, 3–1.The Cardinals and Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Astros became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series.

2006 Boston Red Sox season

The 2006 Boston Red Sox season was the 106th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses, 11 games behind the New York Yankees.

2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 77th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The contest was the fifth hosted by the city of Pittsburgh – tying the Cleveland Indians for the record of most times hosted by a single franchise. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 3–2, thus awarding the AL champion (which was eventually the Detroit Tigers) home-field advantage in the 2006 World Series.

2008 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 2008 season was the 47th season for the Houston Astros. The Astros attempted to return to the postseason, after missing the past two postseasons. This was the last season where the Astros finished the season above the .500 mark prior to the post season run in 2015.

Falmouth Commodores

The Falmouth Commodores are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League and plays in the league's Western Division. Falmouth currently plays its home games at Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field, one of 7 ballparks in the Cape League with the luxury of lights. Like other Cape League teams, the Commodores are funded through merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games such as fifty-fifty raffles.

In 2007, the Commodores finished the season with 44 points, placing them in second place in the Western Division and in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Falmouth has not won the league championship since 1980, despite reaching the championship series three times since then.

Helena Brewers

The Helena Brewers were a Minor League Baseball team in the Pioneer League located in Helena, Montana, from 1978 to 2018. The team played their home games at Kindrick Legion Field, which was built in 1939. They were affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers (1985–2000, 2003–2018) and Philadelphia Phillies (1978–1983).

Among the best-known players to play in Helena are Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who started his career with the Phillies in Helena, Gary Sheffield, who started his career with the Helena Gold Sox in 1986, Jeff Cirillo and Mark Loretta who began their careers with the 1991 and 1993 Helena Brewers, respectively; and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

Jed Hoyer

Jed Hoyer (born December 7, 1973), is the executive vice-president and general manager of the Chicago Cubs. He has been the general manager of the San Diego Padres, and the assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Keith Lockhart (baseball)

Keith Virgil Lockhart (born November 10, 1964 in Whittier, California) is a retired second baseman and third baseman who played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1994-2003.

Lockhart, a left-handed batter, played college baseball at Oral Roberts University and was originally drafted by Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft. He spent 8 full seasons in the minor league systems of three different organizations before earning a spot on the San Diego Padres' opening day roster in 1994. He played in 27 games with the Padres in his first year before leaving as a free agent and signing with the Kansas City Royals during the 1994 season.

Lockhart played for the Royals in both 1995 and 1996. In his first season, he batted a career best .321, earning him a role as a platoon player in 1996. Sharing time at second base with Bip Roberts and at third base with Joe Randa and Craig Paquette, Lockhart hit .273 and drove in 55 runs.

Shortly before the start of the 1997 season, Lockhart and outfielder Michael Tucker were traded to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Jermaine Dye, and Rule V selection Jamie Walker.

Lockhart stayed in Atlanta for 6 seasons, from 1997 to 2002. He primarily served as a reserve second baseman and also served as a pinch hitter, contributing 59 pinch hits as a Brave. He served as a platoon player on two occasions with the Braves; in 1998 (a year which saw the Braves win a team-record 106 games), Lockhart platooned with Tony Graffanino, while in 2002, he platooned with Mark DeRosa following an injury to Marcus Giles.

He came close to being the hero of the Braves' epic struggle with the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Lockhart, who came into the game as a replacement after Bret Boone was pinch-run for, hit an RBI triple in the 15th inning to give the Braves a 3–2 lead. The lead was squandered in the bottom of the inning, however, after a bases loaded walk tied the game; Robin Ventura's famed Grand Slam Single would later win it for the Mets.

In 2003, he returned to San Diego for what would be his last major league season and served as the backup to Mark Loretta. He retired at season's end with a .261 career batting average, 44 career home runs, and 268 runs batted in.

Lockhart was the final out of the 1999 World Series. He flied out to left field.

In 2011, his son Danny became a 10th round draft pick for the Cubs and has signed with their farm team.

List of people from Santa Monica, California

This is a list of people from Santa Monica, California.

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Tony Alva, skateboarder

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (born 2007), child actress

Tiffanie Anderson, singer

Tom Anderson, founder of MySpace

Warner Anderson, actor on The Lineup

Kenneth Anger, filmmaker and author

David Anspaugh, film director

Sean Astin, actor, director, and producer

Don Bachardy, painter

John Baldessari, artist

Frank Edmund Beatty, Jr., U.S. Navy Vice Admiral

Ashley Bell (born 1986), actress

Sean Berry, Major League Baseball player for five teams

Carolyn Beug (1952–2011), filmmaker and video producer

Big Sean, rapper

Jack Black, musician and actor

Steven Blum, voice actor

Judy Blumberg, figure skater, U.S. ice dancing champion

Brennan Boesch, Major League Baseball player

Jeff Bollow, author, filmmaker

Ryan Braun, Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers

Don Burgess (born 1956), cinematographer

Jeanie Buss, Los Angeles Lakers executive

Juan José Carrillo, first mayor of Santa Monica, L.A. Police Chief, politician and judge

George Cates, composer and conductor

Geraldine Chaplin, actress

Buff Cobb, actress, television personality

Mike Colbern, baseball player

Don Collier, western film and television actor

Lana Condor, actress

Nichole Cordova, singer

Marcia Cross, actress, Desperate Housewives

Jamie Lee Curtis, actress

Carson Daly, television personality, host of NBC's The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly

Larry David, actor, screenwriter, producer, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Scott Davis, tennis player

Cody Decker (born 1987), American major league baseball player

Alexis Denisof, actor

Robert Dollard, first Attorney General of South Dakota

Troy Donahue, actor

Dody Dorn, film and sound editor

Pat Doyle, baseball coach

Elonka Dunin, game developer

Jack Engle, hot rodder and custom camshaft grinder, founder of Engle Cams

Emilio Estevez, actor and director

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Bobbi Fiedler, congresswoman

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Max Fried, Major League Baseball player for the Atlanta Braves

Lynette Fromme, criminal

John Frusciante, musician, guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers

Helen K. Garber, photographer

Mick Garris (born 1951), filmmaker and screenwriter

Frank Gehry, architect

Frank Gifford, football player and sportscaster

Sara Gilbert, actress and television personality

Dan Gilroy, screenwriter and director

Justin Gimelstob, tennis player and commentator

Helen Golay, convicted murderer

Adam Goldberg, actor

Ben Gottschalk (born 1992), NFL football player

Elizabeth Glaser, deceased wife of actor Paul Glaser

Carole Caldwell Graebner, tennis player

Jennifer Grant, actress and writer

Brian Grazer, Oscar-winning film and television producer

Linda Gray (born 1940), film, stage and television actress

Bob Gunton (born 1945), actor

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning screenwriter

Alyson Hannigan, actress

Mariska Hargitay, actress

Dan Harrington, poker player

Horace Heidt, 1940s bandleader

Julie Heldman (born 1945), tennis player, ranked # 5 in the world

Christy Hemme, professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Derek Hill, racing driver

Darby Hinton, actor

Jason Hirsh, baseball player

Peter Hobbs, actor

Tony Horton, fitness guru

Brian Horwitz, MLB outfielder for the San Francisco Giants

Anjelica Huston, Oscar-winning actress

Anita Kanter (born 1933), tennis player ranked in World top 10

Tommy Kendall, NASCAR driver

Cory Kennedy, It girl, fashion model

Apollonia Kotero, actress, model, dancer, and singer

Lorenzo Lamas, actor

Andrew Lauer, actor

Christopher Lawford, actor and author

Tim Leary, former MLB player

Jun Hee Lee, actor

June Lockhart, actress

Mark Loretta, MLB player

Kevin Love, NBA player for Cleveland Cavaliers

Torey Lovullo, Boston Red Sox coach

Lorna Luft, entertainer

Dayton Lummis, actor

Tobey Maguire, actor

Stephen Malkmus, musician

Jenna Marbles, comedian

Teena Marie, singer, songwriter, and producer

Eli Marienthal, actor (American Pie 1 and 2, The Iron Giant, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen)

Dave Markey, filmmaker and musician

Dean Paul Martin, musician and actor

Chris Masters, professional wrestler

Benjamin McKenzie, actor

Natalie Mejia, singer

Kevin Millar, MLB player

Rick Monday, MLB player and Dodgers radio broadcaster

Coco Montoya, blues guitarist, formerly with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

Gussie Moran, tennis player

Jon Moscot, Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds

John Forbes Nash, Jr., Nobel prize recipient, arrested when lived here, subject of A Beautiful Mind

Gunnar Nelson, musician

Tracy Nelson, actress

Michael Nozik, filmmaker

Parry O'Brien, two-time Olympic shot put gold medalist

Douglas F. O'Neill, thoroughbred horse trainer

Susan Olsen, actress

Alan Pasqua, jazz musician

Aaron Paul, actor

Chris Penn, actor

Sean Penn, Oscar-winning actor and director

Rob Picciolo, MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, and Oakland Athletics

Tyler Posey, actor

Joshua Prager, physician, leader in field of neuromodulation and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Robert Redford, actor, director, producer, philanthropist

Randy Rhoads, musician, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne

Christina Ricci, actress

Ashley Roberts, singer

Brittney Rogers, Miss Louisiana USA 2003

Erin Sanders, actress

Chrystina Sayers, singer

Lawrence Scarpa, architect

Nicole Scherzinger, singer

June Schofield, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player

Mike Scott, MLB pitcher, Cy Young Award winner

Sandra Seacat, actor and acting coach

E. C. Segar, cartoonist, creator of Popeye

Frank Shamrock, mixed martial artist

Charlie Sheen, actor

Bobby Sherman, singer and actor

Bobby Shriver, attorney and politician

Cole and Dylan Sprouse, actors

Martin Starr, actor

Neil Strauss, writer and journalist

Gloria Stuart, actress and artist

Jessica Sutta, singer

Amber Tamblyn, actress

Shirley Temple, iconic actress and diplomat

Melody Thornton, singer

Robert Trujillo, musician, Metallica bassist

Amber Valletta, model

Leonor Varela, actress and model

Suzanne Vega, songwriter and singer

Wolfgang Van Halen, rock bassist, son of Eddie Van Halen and nephew of Alex Van Halen

Jack Webb, actor, producer and director

James L. White, screenwriter (Ray)

Joseph Williams, singer and film score composer

Vanness Wu, actor, singer, band member of F4

Trifun Zivanovic, figure skater

Saint Francis High School (La Cañada Flintridge, California)

St. Francis High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school for boys, located in La Cañada Flintridge, California, USA. Founded in 1946 on the lands bought from the Flintridge Country Club, it is owned and directed by the Capuchin Friars of the Western American Province of Our Lady of Angels. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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