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Former MLBer Oeltjen to retire with Sox
Longtime Aussie star to close career after 2014/15 season
01/20/2015 9:26 PM ET
Oeltjen has posted a .958 OPS over parts of three seasons with Sydney.
Oeltjen has posted a .958 OPS over parts of three seasons with Sydney. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 21 January - Sydney Blue Sox outfielder Trent Oeltjen, one of the finest baseball players Australia has ever produced, has announced his retirement from professional baseball at the conclusion of the 2014/15 ABL season. After a 14 year professional career that saw him make it to the heights of Major League Baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oeltjen will play his last professional game for his home town Sydney Blue Sox this weekend.

A Baulkham Hills junior, Trent rose through the ranks of Australian baseball to make the NSW state side at 14 and was selected to represent Australia at age 16. From there, he was signed by the Minnesota Twins at just 17 and rose through their Minor League system and was ultimately selected to the prestigious World Futures All-Star team in 2006.

Oeltjen became just the 27th Australian to play Major League Baseball when he was called up to play for the D-backs in 2009. He set the MLB world on fire when, in his first five games, he had 12 hits including 3 home runs and a pair of amazing diving catches. He would go on play in 99 MLB games with D-backs and Dodgers.

Some of Oeltjen's proudest moments came while representing his country. He was a member of the 2004 Olympic team that won a silver medal at Athens. He played in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and was a leader of the Australian team that beat Mexico in the 2009 WBC. He played in three Baseball World Cups and goes down as one of the greatest players to ever play for Australia.

Oeltjen first returned home to play for Blue Sox briefly during the 2010/11 season and was instrumental in Sydney clinching second place in the ABL standings during the 2013/14 campaign. He backed that up with a phenomenal 2014/15 season highlighted by a fantastic two-homer performance at home against Canberra and hitting for a historic cycle against Melbourne just two weeks ago. Oeltjen has been a tremendous veteran clubhouse presence for the young players and has done outstanding work in the community, running clinics and helping to promote the game.

To celebrate his outstanding career, the Sydney Blue Sox will be holding a farewell ceremony before Saturday night's game to honour Trent's achievements and contributions to Australian baseball. The man of the hour will be available for a special autograph session before Sunday's game. The Blue Sox will also be offering kids' tickets for just $5 to the first base stand to allow every child the opportunity to see "Olch" play one last time. Simply call (02) 9675 6872 to get your tickets or go to www.sydneybluesox.com.au/tickets and select "TRENT Kids U16 Special" when buying your first base stand tickets to get this special price.

The final Blue Sox home stand has enormous playoff implications as both teams need a series victory to lock up a playoff spot. They will be taking on the Canberra Cavalry in the battle for the Hume Highway cup.

Game 1 - Thursday 22/1 7:35pm - Gates open 6:00pm
Game 2 - Friday 23/1 7:35pm - Gates open 6:00pm
Game 3 -Saturday 24/1 6:05pm - Gates open 4:30pm
Game 4 - Sunday 25/1 2:05pm - Gates open 1:00pm

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.