Stars' 2007 1st Baseman Steve Sollmann Retires

(NASHVILLE) - Former Huntsville Stars 1st baseman Steve Sollmann announced his decision to retire following the Sounds' 7-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds.

The 2007 mid-season Southern League All-Star went 1-for-3 in the contest and hit his 2nd home run on the year.

In a limited role with the Class AAA-Nashville (PCL) Sounds, Sollmann was batting .210 in 31 games. He was hitting .324 vs. left-handers, but 6-for-47 (.128) vs. righties.

Sollmann passed up an offer to sign with the Oakland A's after being drafted 32nd in 2003, but signed with the Brewers after they picked him in the 10th round the following year.

The 26-year-old Sollmann hit .283 last year for the Stars in his first taste of Double-A ball. He stole 22 bases in 28 attempts, hit 26 doubles and 3 home runs in 125 games as Huntsville's regular first baseman. That earned him his first call-up to Triple-A over the off-season.

Sollmann, whose older brother Scott played for the Stars in 1999, and has since retired to practice law, hit .291 in 452 games in the minors.

The Cincinnati native was in his 5th professional season.

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