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Loretta retires a hometown hero

Loretta's last hit electrified Dodger Stadium at a crucial point for L.A.

Updated: February 4, 2010, 8:37 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

In the grand scheme of a major-league career, Mark Loretta's one-season stint with his hometown Dodgers probably will be remembered only as the final stop on a 15-year odyssey in which he wore the uniforms of six different clubs.

To the Dodgers, and their fans, that one season in Los Angeles will be remembered as something much more than that.

It would turn out to be the last of Loretta's 1,718 career hits (playoffs included), but it electrified Dodger Stadium in a way that ...

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