Loretta retires, joins Padres staff

Updated: January 25, 2010, 9:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN DIEGO -- Mark Loretta retired as a player on Monday and was hired by the San Diego Padres as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Loretta's playing career spanned 15 big league seasons. He played with the Padres from 2003-05. Loretta most recently was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two-time All-Star played with the Red Sox in 2006, when new Padres general manager Jed Hoyer was in Boston's front office.

"It was clear to me that he could have a great impact ...

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