Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball


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Things are getting a little strange around Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. In a good way. The museum and Ripley’s have teamed up to create a brand new exhibition, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™. The Oddball exhibit showcases Ripley’s bizarre baseball treasures and other unbelievable findings. The show runs March 5, 2016 – January 8, 2017. This is the first time Ripley’s has done a special exhibition with a baseball theme, and the extraordinary show is included with the regular price of admission. Continue reading

Louisville Slugger introduces its most innovative wood bat line yet: MLB Prime

sluggerLine Features New, Proprietary EXOARMOR™ Finish; Ink-Dot Symbolizes Highest Quality Wood

Continuing its longstanding leadership in innovative, high performance wood bats, Louisville Slugger has introduced its most advanced wood bat line to date, the all-new MLB PRIME. This line of bats represents the brand’s most premium wood bat offering, and was designed to enhance the performance of today’s most advanced athletes and pro players.

Each MLB PRIME bat features a new proprietary finish called EXOARMOR™ and an ink-dot to signify the bat is constructed from the highest quality wood available today. Only ink-dotted bats that meet slope-of-grain standards are approved for play in Major League Baseball® (MLB). Continue reading

Slugger retires P72 in honor of Jeter

(L to R) Lawrence Writer, James Sass, Holly Clark, Rick Redman, John Hillerich and Lisa Hillerich all with Louisville Slugger make the presentations to Derek Jeter (photo courtesy New York Yankees)

(L to R) Lawrence Writer, James Sass, Holly Clark, Rick Redman, John Hillerich and Lisa Hillerich all with Louisville Slugger make the presentations to Derek Jeter (photo courtesy New York Yankees)

by Rick Redman

First times are rare when you’ve been in baseball as long as Louisville Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball®. But the storied company did something at the end of the 2014 season that it’s never done in 130 years in the game. It retired a bat model in honor of a player.

In an unprecedented display of respect and admiration from a sporting goods manufacturer, Louisville Slugger announced it was retiring Derek Jeter’s famous P72. The company surprised Jeter with the announcement in a private pre-game ceremony in Yankee Stadium on September 24.

“We didn’t do this for Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron or any of the other great players we’ve been associated with dating back to 1884,”said James Sass, Director of Professional Baseball Sales for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company. “Derek has swung one bat model from one bat company his entire career. He made over 12,500 plate appearances in his 20 seasons in MLB, and every single one of them was with a Louisville Slugger P72. With Derek’s retirement, we thought it was fitting to retire his bat model in recognition of his brilliant career. We are grateful for his enduring and unwavering loyalty. Louisville Slugger won’t be making the P72 anymore – in honor of Derek.”

Louisville Slugger officials gave Jeter an award to commemorate the retirement of his bat model. A P72 Jeter model bat was mounted on a three-foot base inscribed with “The Last P72” to commemorate the company’s decision.

“I signed out of high school and I was looking for a wooden bat,” Jeter said. “Louisville Slugger, it goes without saying, how reputable they are, how long they’ve been around, how much success people have had with it. In terms of the model, I just picked the bat that was shaped like my aluminum bat. It was the P72, and, in my entire career, I’ve never swung another bat.” Continue reading

Louisville Slugger’s 2015 performance bats now in stores

presentedbylouisvilleslugger“30-DAY PERFORMANCE PROMISE” COMES WITH EVERY BAT

LOUISVILLE, KY – The new 2015 Louisville Slugger® PRIME 915, SELECT 715 and OMAHA 515 performance bats are now available nationwide. Like these great bats, the reviews are powerful:

“Louisville Slugger – Best Bomb Dropper in the College World Series,” and “Prime 915 turns baseballs into satellites.” – What Pros Wear.  

Louisville Sluggers “hit the ball further” than other bats in the NCAA Tournament according to justbatreviews.com. The review further revealed, “Louisville Slugger bats were the best for hitting extra base hits.”

Louisville Slugger “was more than twice as likely to hit a triple and roughly 1/4 more likely to hit a home run compared to its next closest competitor.” – justbatreviews.com

Louisville Slugger introduced the PRIME 915, SELECT 715 and OMAHA 515 during the NCAA tournament with players on 16 of the 64 teams taking these bats to the plate. Players on three of the eight teams in the College World Series® swung the black, red and white family of Louisville Slugger performance bats – bats which also put on a power display during the Major League Baseball® Junior Home Run Derby. Feedback from college hitters, elite high school players and product reviewers is the same. The 2015 Louisville Slugger performance bats provide hitters with the speed, power and balance to #owntheplate. Continue reading

Brian Jordan- the last dual threat?

presentedbylouisvillesluggerPerhaps the last athlete that will ever have an extended career in the NFL and Major League Baseball, Brian Jordan played three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and before switching to baseball full-time, he was named an alternate for the 1991 Pro Bowl team. In the MLB, he suited up for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. The 1999 MLB All-Star played in nearly 1500 games in his MLB career with 184 home runs and a .282 career average. Inside Pitch recently asked Jordan about his experience as a two-sport standout and what his advice would be to multiple-sport athletes today:

What do you think about coaches that discourage their players from playing multiple sports? How about parents who think that their children should stick to just one sport?

Personally I don’t like it, I think it limits a kid’s options and to me, that’s the most important thing. You’re taking an athlete’s abilities away from them, I feel like if you play different sports, you become a better athlete. I’m one that never ever preached “put all your eggs in one basket.”

You could have a kid with great potential and all the ability in the world, and you limit him? I’m totally against it. Everyone asks me the question, will we see another two-sport professional athlete, and my answer is no: simply because of coaches not allowing these kids to grow up and have fun and utilize all their options and abilities. I’m disappointed with it, and that’s the way it is now for these young athletes. They’re being penalized along the way.

Was there anything you took from your experience as a baseball player that helped you out on the gridiron?

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