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By Gordie Morris | August 24, 2006
It's a long way from the halls of St. Francis High to second base at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Yet, that's where 36-year-old Mark Loretta, a 1989 graduate of St. Francis, found himself standing on July 7. He had been selected by baseball fans around the world as the starting second baseman for the National League in Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game. No matter that he went hitless, robbed twice of base hits by two outstanding defensive plays. The second All-Star Game appearance, he was added as a bench player in 2004 while still with the San Diego Padres, was the high water mark of Loretta's long baseball career.
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By Charles Rich | December 4, 2009
St. Francis High School graduate Gregg Zaun inked a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers Dec. 4. Zaun, a Glendale native, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.9 million. The deal includes a $2.25 million option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout, meaning Zaun is guaranteed $2.15 million. Zaun, who caught for the Baltimore Orioles last season before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in August, made $1.5 million last year. Zaun, 38, received some interest from the Colorado Rockies and also the Rays and Seattle Mariners.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
GLENDALE — After suffering a shoulder injury that stemmed from a violent home-plate collision last season, Gregg Zaun found himself behind home plate for the first time Sunday during a spring training contest against the Oakland Athletics at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Ariz. Zaun caught three innings and had two plate appearances. Shortly after the game ended, Zaun, a Glendale native and 1989 St. Francis High graduate, took off his equipment and tugged off his uniform for the final time before announcing his retirement on Sunday following a 16-year Major League Baseball career.
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By Charles Rich | January 28, 2010
After 15 years of patrolling the infield and earning a pair of All-Star game selections, St. Francis High graduate Mark Loretta retired as a player Monday to become a special assistant to the baseball operations staff with the San Diego Padres. Loretta, 38, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round in 1993 before playing for the Brewers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 1989 St. Francis graduate was a career .295 hitter and appeared in the All-Star game in 2004 and 2006.
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By Charles Rich | April 8, 2010
Bats and gloves have been stashed away for good. Cell phones and computers are the objects now being used by Mark Loretta in his new line of work. Armed with a new off-the-field job following a steady 15-year playing career, Loretta hasn’t shied away from learning baseball matters outside the lines. It’s a vastly different end of the spectrum from previous spring training camps and regular seasons, when Loretta spent countless hours taking batting practice, scooping up grounders in the infield and competing against the best competition the sport had to offer.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
After a combined 16 seasons in Major League Baseball you'd think Glendon Rusch and Matt Whisenant would just want to just relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. However, the two still hit the diamond on a day-to-day basis. The only difference now is they're concerned about helping improve other athletes' games, not just their own. The Full Count Baseball Academy was co-founded by Rusch and Whisenant. For the past year, Full Count has been hosting private lessons out of West Coast Sports Management in Pasadena, along with camps in the Foothills.
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By Charles Rich | December 4, 2009
St. Francis High School graduate Gregg Zaun inked a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers Dec. 4. Zaun, a Glendale native, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.9 million. The deal includes a $2.25 million option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout, meaning Zaun is guaranteed $2.15 million. Zaun, who caught for the Baltimore Orioles last season before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in August, made $1.5 million last year. Zaun, 38, received some interest from the Colorado Rockies and also the Rays and Seattle Mariners.
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By Gordie Morris | August 24, 2006
It's a long way from the halls of St. Francis High to second base at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Yet, that's where 36-year-old Mark Loretta, a 1989 graduate of St. Francis, found himself standing on July 7. He had been selected by baseball fans around the world as the starting second baseman for the National League in Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game. No matter that he went hitless, robbed twice of base hits by two outstanding defensive plays. The second All-Star Game appearance, he was added as a bench player in 2004 while still with the San Diego Padres, was the high water mark of Loretta's long baseball career.
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