Mark Loretta is in his first year as Cubs bench coach.
He’s been awfully quiet in this role. Can you recall one quote from him this year, or any circumstance where he’s made any news? I can’t. There aren’t even a lot of photos of him in a Cubs uniform; what you see above is one of about a dozen I found.
That’s why this announcement from the Commissioner’s Office is a bit of a surprise:
Chicago Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate conduct following a Replay Review during his Club’s Saturday game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Loretta’s suspension will be served during the Cubs’ game tonight vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
A pitch briefly got away from Yadier Molina. Kyle Schwarber, who was on second base, tried to take third and was thrown out. To me, the video wasn’t clear. One of the angles made him look safe, the other out. The replay review crew ruled “call confirmed,” and the game continued.
I have no idea what Loretta did; per the boxscore, he wasn’t ejected (those are always listed in boxscores now).
So now, Mark Loretta has made some news. As noted, since managers and coaches cannot appeal suspensions, Loretta will serve his tonight when the Cubs face the Pirates in Pittsburgh.