GLENDALE — After 15 years of patrolling the infield and earning a pair of All-Star game selections, St. Francis High graduate Mark Loretta retired as a player Monday to become a special assistant to the baseball operations staff with the San Diego Padres.
Loretta, 38, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round in 1993 before playing for the Brewers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 1989 St. Francis graduate was a career .295 hitter and appeared in the All-Star game in 2004 and 2006.
He helped the Dodgers win the National League West Division championship last season and enjoyed his finest moment when he delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of the division series. The Dodgers would go on to sweep St. Louis before falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in the championship series.