In news around the National League West, the third place San Diego Padres reportedly made an addition to the front office. 15-year MLB veteran Mark Loretta will re-join the Padres as a special assistant.
The Padres are hiring 15-year Major League veteran and former Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta as a special assistant to CEO Erik Greupner
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 1, 2022
Loretta, 50, was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and played his final season in Los Angeles with the Dodgers in 2009. That season, he had one of the most electric hits for the franchise in more than 20 years when he punched a jam shot to center to walk off against the Cardinals in the NLDS. This came moments after one of the funniest moments of year… Our thoughts to Matt Holliday’s cup.
After his playing career, he joined San Diego as coach/instructor/wearer of many hats from 2010-2019.
Loretta also suited up for the Padres from 2003-2005 where he posted arguably the best stretch of his career, slashing .314/.377/.438 over 413 games. Altogether, he hit .295 with 76 home runs and 629 runs batted in over his career.
Most recently, the long-time big leaguer was a bench coach with the Chicago Cubs.
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