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By Charles Rich | April 5, 2010
Bats and gloves have been stashed away for good. Cell phones and computers are the objects now being used by Mark Loretta in his new line of work. Armed with a new off-the-field job following a steady 15-year playing career, Loretta hasn’t shied away from learning baseball matters outside the lines. It’s a vastly different end of the spectrum from previous spring training camps and regular seasons, when Loretta spent countless hours taking batting practice, scooping up grounders in the infield and competing against the best competition the sport had to offer.
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By Charles Rich | June 26, 2007
Anaheim ? Less than halfway through the season, it appears the Houston Astros are thankful they made a wise investment. The Astros lost starting shortstop Adam Everett to a serious knee injury June 14 when he fractured his right fibula in a violent collision with robust outfielder Carlos Lee. Everett will likely miss the next two months. Fortunately for the Astros, they have been able to alleviate the concerns of Everett's absence by turning to a former area star to provide quality at bats and defensive stability around the infield.
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December 17, 2002
Charles Rich Mark Loretta will be returning to Southern California to resume his career. The San Diego Padres signed Loretta, a 1989 St. Francis High graduate, to a one-year contract Monday. Terms of the contract were not revealed by team officials at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. Loretta began his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, who then shipped the 31-year-old infielder to the Houston Astros during the trade deadline in July.
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By: Charles Rich | October 5, 2005
After a 10-year wait, Mark Loretta finally competed in a postseason game. Unfortunately for Loretta, a 1989 St. Francis High graduate, things didn't start off on the right note. Loretta, a second baseman for the San Diego Padres, went one for five and drove in a run in an 8-5 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. The Cardinals, who won the National League championship last season, will face San Diego in the second game of the division series at 1:05 p.m. PDT Thursday in St. Louis.
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August 12, 2000
Peter Fuertes GLENDALE -- A look at how local major baseball leaguers are doing: Parque hit hard: The Chicago White Sox may be playing well, holding on to a sizeable lead in the American League's Central Division. However, starting pitcher Jim Parque seems to have hit hard times. The Crescenta Valley High and UCLA graduate did not escape the fourth inning during Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on three hits in Chicago's 6-5 win. It almost seems like a trend for Parque.
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August 19, 2002
Hamlet Nalbandyan A look at how locals Jim Parque, Mark Loretta and Gregg Zaun are doing in the major leagues. Going, going, gone?: The struggles of former Crescenta Valley High standout Jim Parque have been well documented. Since suffering an injury on his throwing shoulder 15 months ago, the left-hander has spent much of the past year in triple A, and the few performances he's had with the Chicago White Sox during that time have proved inconsistent.
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By Grant Gordon | October 7, 2009
GLENDALE — The Los Angeles Dodgers released their 25-man postseason roster on Wednesday morning and both Mark Loretta and Juan Castro were on it. Castro, a Glendale resident, and Loretta, a St. Francis graduate, are both utility infielders for the club. According to mlb.com, Loretta edged out Doug Mientkiewicz for the final position player spot. Neither was in the Game One starting lineup, as the Dodgers (95-67), the National League West Division champions, were set to open the National League Division Series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals (91-61)
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By Charles Rich | December 10, 2008
GLENDALE — After more than 13 years in Major League Baseball, Mark Loretta will be returning to Los Angeles with a purpose. The 1989 St. Francis High graduate reportedly signed a one-year deal Tuesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $1.4 million, pending the passing of a physical exam. The two-time All-Star should provide invaluable experience, as he can play all four infield positions. “Mark’s very excited,” Bob Garber, Loretta’s agent, told mlb.com.
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May 26, 2004
Charles Rich Mark Loretta (St. Francis, 1989), San Diego Padres -- Loretta continues to tear up National League pitching, and there's a chance he might be named to the All-Star team in July. The 32-year-old Loretta is making a good case for himself. Through Sunday, Loretta is batting .313 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in. In a three-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend, Loretta collected six hits. Loretta was the first Padre to hit a home run at San Diego's new stadium, PETCO Park.
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By Charles Rich | April 5, 2010
Bats and gloves have been stashed away for good. Cell phones and computers are the objects now being used by Mark Loretta in his new line of work. Armed with a new off-the-field job following a steady 15-year playing career, Loretta hasn’t shied away from learning baseball matters outside the lines. It’s a vastly different end of the spectrum from previous spring training camps and regular seasons, when Loretta spent countless hours taking batting practice, scooping up grounders in the infield and competing against the best competition the sport had to offer.
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By Charles Rich | January 26, 2010
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.
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By Grant Gordon | October 7, 2009
GLENDALE — The Los Angeles Dodgers released their 25-man postseason roster on Wednesday morning and both Mark Loretta and Juan Castro were on it. Castro, a Glendale resident, and Loretta, a St. Francis graduate, are both utility infielders for the club. According to mlb.com, Loretta edged out Doug Mientkiewicz for the final position player spot. Neither was in the Game One starting lineup, as the Dodgers (95-67), the National League West Division champions, were set to open the National League Division Series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals (91-61)
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By Charles Rich | June 26, 2009
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players .   Mark Loretta (St. Francis High, 1989) Los Angeles Dodgers infielder: The two-time All-Star has gotten additional playing time with the Dodgers recently concluding a six-game stretch of interleague road games. For instance, Loretta had a two-run double in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Loretta, who started at first base, had two hits in six plate appearances.
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By Charles Rich | December 10, 2008
GLENDALE — After more than 13 years in Major League Baseball, Mark Loretta will be returning to Los Angeles with a purpose. The 1989 St. Francis High graduate reportedly signed a one-year deal Tuesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $1.4 million, pending the passing of a physical exam. The two-time All-Star should provide invaluable experience, as he can play all four infield positions. “Mark’s very excited,” Bob Garber, Loretta’s agent, told mlb.com.
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By From Staff Reports | December 4, 2007
GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.   LORETTA BEGINS TO MULL FUTURE OPTIONS With the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings having begun Monday in Nashville, many teams have started to map out plans to improve by making offseason acquisitions through trades and free-agent signings. One player possibly searching for a new team is veteran infielder Mark Loretta , who graduated from St. Francis High in 1989.
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