Homecoming: Northwestern alum Mark Loretta new bench coach for Cubs
Northwestern University grad Mark Loretta is returning to the Chicago area as bench coach of the Chicago Cubs.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon recently tabbed Loretta for the position, making him the second Wildcats player to serve as part of the team’s staff; the other is 2010 grad Chad Noble.
According to the school’s website, Loretta left Evanston in 1993 after compiling a .343 career batting average with 14 homers and 107 RBIs.
Over a 15-year Major League career, he hit .295 with 629 runs batted in. Since retiring in 2009, he has worked with the San Diego Padres as special assistant to the baseball operations staff.