Bluesox's Oeltjen reckons he can play till he's 40
STAR Sydney outfielder Trent Oeltjen, 30, wants to play at the highest level until he's 40.
He only needs to look at teammate and closing pitcher Dae-Sung Koo for inspiration.
Koo is 44, and has enjoyed success in both his native Korea, and the US.
The left-hander won both the Golden Glove and MVP in the Korean Baseball Organisation in 1996, with the Hanwha Eagles.
He was then good enough to play a season with the New York Mets in the Major League, at the age of 35.
Oeltjen has also enjoyed an incredible career.
The Sydney native won a silver medal with the Australian team at the 2004 Olympics, and has played 99 regular-season MLB games for Arizona and the LA Dodgers.
Oeltjen was a massive pick-up for the Blue Sox, signing on for a month stint, before he will return to his home in San Diego.
"He (Koo) is amazing. I think he's 44. He's had an amazing career in Korea in the major leagues," Oeltjen said.
"He's a superstar over there. He's still doing a great job for us.
"If possible I'd like to play until I was 40. You never know."
Oeltjen helped get the Blue Sox off to a good start against the Bandits in their last three-game series in Brisbane, crushing a home run and drawing two walks in his team's 10-8 win.
The Blue Sox went on to sweep that series 3-0.
Oeltjen also leads the ABL's batters in RBIs (12) and averages (.417), and is equal first in home runs (four).
That's all part of his plan to make it back into the Major League, following his release from the LA Angels after playing 12 games for the franchise in the last American spring pre-season, hitting .375.
"I'm a free agent now, so I'm not sure what team I could sign with," he said.
"There's been some chatter and you've just got to decide where the best opportunity is.
"I feel like I'm better than ever and I believe in myself."
Oeltjen, a former New South Wales representative in swimming and football, has been described as arguably the best five-tool player the Australian Baseball League has seen.
And the ominous sign for his ABL opponents is that he feels comfortable with where his game is at.
"When I was younger I think I was just a speed player. But now I feel I've combined some speed and power together," he said.
The Blue Sox's next series will be against 2011/12 champions the Perth Heat, in Sydney starting tonight.