Baseball players typically enter their prime in their mid to late-20's, but Lorretta was just starting to hit his stride in 2003 at the age of 31. The contact hitter began to develop some power to go along with his .300 AVG. A thumb injury zapped that power in 2005 and it's unclear if he will ever recapture the swing that lead him to .441 and .495 SLG in back to back years. He's always been a smart hitter who can work counts and make consistent contact with the ball. He's also pretty steady at secondbase. He won't turn any heads, but he has good hands and makes all the plays that he's supposed to make.
Loretta is a career .300 hitter who spent most of his career as a utility player for the Milwaukee Brewers. It wasn't until he signed with the San Diego Padres that he settled in as a regular at second base and began to shine as a hitter. In an attempt to shave a couple million dollars off their payroll the Padres shipped Loretta to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for backup catcher, Doug Mirabelli after the 2005 season.
Most people believe that Mark Loretta's best season was 2004, when he slugged 16 home runs, hit for a .335 average and knocked in 76 runs.
In 2004 he was 3rd in the NL with a .335 AVG, 2nd in H with 208, and 4th in 2B with 47
Selected by Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed June 18, 1993).
Traded by Milwaukee Brewers with cash to Houston Astros in exchange for 2 players to be named later (August 31, 2002); Milwaukee Brewers received Wayne Franklin (September 3, 2002) and Keith Ginter (September 5, 2002).
Granted free agency (October 28, 2002).
Signed by San Diego Padres (December 16, 2002).
Traded by San Diego Padres to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Doug Mirabelli (December 7, 2005).
Granted free agency (October 31, 2006).
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