Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Mark Loretta is expected to retire this week and accept a front office job with an unspecified team.
Loretta, 38, struggled with the Dodgers last season, batting a
career-low .232/.309/.276 in just 181 at-bats, but played hero during
the postseason, punching a game-winning RBI single in Game 2 of the
NLDS against the Cardinals.
He’ll put the cap on a very productive career in which he amassed 1,713 hits and a .295/.360/.395 batting line over the course of 15 seasons, making stops in Milwaukee, San Diego, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles along the way. Believe it or not, he finished 9th in the voting for NL MVP in 2004 on the strength of a .335/.391/.495 batting line to go along with 16 homers and 76 RBI, both career-highs.