LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Cincinnati fans are thrilled to see Joey Votto and his bat back in the NL Central Division leading Reds’ line-up. Now they have a chance to win Joey’s game-used Louisville Slugger bat. Louisville Slugger is giving away a Joey Votto M356 model game-used bat complete with heavy ball and cleat marks. All fans need to do is “Like” Louisville Slugger’s Facebook page. Then, once on the page, enter to win. It’s that simple!
It’s part of Louisville Slugger’s MLB Prime 9 Bat Giveaway. In a social media first the #1 Bat in MLB is giving away one bat per week from nine prime MLB stars. Votto’s bat is the eighth in the nine-week series. All nine bats are straight from MLB fields, dugouts and clubhouses of Louisville Slugger’s Prime 9 players; Votto, Josh Hamilton, Jay Bruce, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Buster Posey, Ian Kinsler, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Each player’s bat will be given away on Louisville Slugger’s Facebook page through September 23.
“We build engaging social media experiences for Louisville Slugger customers and fans,” said the company’s VP of Marketing, Kyle Schlegel. “We do bat scavenger hunts like the one in Kansas City for the All-Star game. We provide entertaining and newsworthy content for our social media fans, as well as inside information about baseball, new products, our college programs and special visitors to our museum and factory. And we give away incredible, authentic MLB player prizes that no other company can, like these MLB player bats.”
The MLB Prime 9 Bat Giveaway launched in July with an authentic Derek Jeter bat.
“A Joey Votto game-used Louisville Slugger bat is a great prize,” said Louisville Slugger Manager of Professional Baseball Chuck Schupp. “Bats like this are hard to come by, and we have them because of our relationships with these great players.”
The nine-week promotion ends next week when Louisville Slugger will give away a game-used bat from New York Yankee All Star centerfielder Curtis Granderson. Both current and new fans of the Louisville Slugger Facebook page can enter to win.
Louisville Slugger’s MLB Prime 9 Bat Giveaway is part of a broad-ranging marketing campaign to promote the company’s new MLB Prime™ wood bats now being swung by MLB players and available to the general public at retail October 1.
“Players everywhere will have access to the same high-quality MLB Prime wood swung by Slugger guys in MLB,” Schlegel said. “We’re telling players everywhere about MLB Prime and our new manufacturing processes that allow Louisville Slugger to make the hardest bats ever.”
BAT FACTS FOR LOUISVILLE SLUGGER’S PRIME 9 Here are some quick facts about the MLB Prime bats swung by Louisville Slugger’s Prime 9 and being given away on Facebook:
Derek Jeter: P72 model, ash. 34 inches, 32 ounces. Medium-size barrel for getting the bat head through the zone. The Yankee captain is Mr. Consistency. He has swung a Louisville Slugger P72 bat for every hit he has ever had at the Major League level.
Buster Posey: S318, maple. Natural finish. 34 inches, 31 ounces. Big-barrel bat. Others who swing this model include Hanley Ramirez, Starlin Castro and Dustin Pedroia.
Joey Votto: M356, double-dip black, ash. 34 inches, 32 ounces. Big barrel. Joey’s teammate Jay Bruce swings the same bat model. Joey solidified his relationship with Louisville Slugger when he visited the factory as a player for the Louisville Bats, AAA affiliate of the Reds.
Ian Kinsler: C243, sometimes ash and sometimes maple. All of his orders since March 2012 have been for maple. 33-1/2 inches, 31 ounces. Compressed maple finish closing the grain for extra hardness. Big-barrel bat.
Josh Hamilton: H359 model. Veneer maple. It was created for Josh and named for his league-leading .359 batting average in 2010 when he won the AL MVP. Big barrel for a big guy who swings for the fences.
Curtis Granderson: M110 model. Used by many great hitters through history including other Yankee greats such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Don Mattingly. Medium-sized barrel to get through the zone. Curtis prefers maple over ash.
Alex Rodriguez: C271 model. It is the most popular bat model in Major League history, used by many great players including Ken Griffey, Jr. It’s a small-barrel bat that can get through the zone quickly. A-Rod prefers ash over maple.
Evan Longoria: I13 model, ash. 34 inches, 32 ounces. Big barrel. Swung by many greats over the years, including Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and 2012 HOF inductee Barry Larkin. Also swung by the New York Mets’ Kelly Shoppach.
Jay Bruce: M356, black. 34 inches, 32 ounces. Same model, length and weight as teammate Joey Votto. Like Votto, Bruce became a Louisville Slugger guy when he played for the Louisville Bats, AAA affiliate of the Reds.
About Louisville Slugger®: The #1 bat in Major League Baseball® and is synonymous with America’s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in history, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron. Sixty percent of MLB players today swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto and Buster Posey. Louisville Slugger also makes baseball equipment for college, high school and youth players, as well as softball equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch. Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth-generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes PowerBilt® golf clubs and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.