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WPW Report: Bat Usage, MLB All-Star Game, 2012-2016

Eric Hosmer's Dove Tail HOS Bat

Today we present to you the findings of our 5th season tracking bat usage in the MLB All Star Game.  Since 2012 when WPW was founded, we’ve tracked the game’s bat usage as an unofficial barometer of the pro wood bat industry.  Correction: For the first time ever, Victus cracks the top 3, joining Marucci, Louisville Slugger, and Old Hickory as the top brands in 2016.  There has been more fragmentation of the market thanks to strong competition from companies like Sam Bat, Victus, and MVP Eric Hosmer’s Dove Tail Bats, among many others.  Moral of the story—there’s a lot of good wood out there.

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2016 all star bat usage (corrected victus) 2 (1)

Marucci rules again, leading all brands for the 4th consecutive season.  This year was a little closer, however, with players like Mookie Betts (Victus Axe), Cargo (B45) and Addison Russell (Zinger) swinging newer brands.  In total, 11 10 brands had at least two players swinging their bats, compared to five brands in 2015.  Dinger brand made its first appearance at an ASG in the hands of Starling Marte who ripped a línea to right.

Here are the raw numbers (corrected to reflect Altuve/Victus):

bat usage raw numbers corrected

Despite the stiff competition, the top 3 contenders remain the same.  Victus joins Marucci, the reigning champ, Louisville Slugger, the standard, and Old Hickory, a company whose players show as much loyalty to the brand as any other.

bat usage by brand, all star game 2012-2016 (corrected victus) (1)

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You’ll notice that Marucci, Slugger, and Old Hick have all taken a slight hit based on the barrage of companies making great bats these days.  With three four players this year, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Odubel Herrera, and Jose Altuve, Victus threatened to matched Old Hickory for the 3rd most bats swung.

Also worth mentioning, the prevalence of Lizard Skins grips, used by at least 7 All-Stars that night.  Buy those here.

Below you’ll find every player and what they swung (if we have the bat in our database, we linked to it).  Since Eduardo Nunez played but did not register an at-bat, we looked at what he normally swings, Marucci, and added that to the tally.  Its important to keep in mind that this is not a scientific experiment, so if you disagree with the way we keep track, you can always do it yourself.

Ben Zobrist

Trinity Bat Co.

Bryce Harper

Sam Bat 2K1 (1st AB)

Marucci (this is how 1/2 points are given out)

Kris Bryant

Chandler CB243

Wil Myers

Max Bat WM4

Buster Posey

Marucci BP28

Anthony Rizzo

Marucci Rizz44

Marcell Ozuna

Sam Bat 2K1

Carlos Gonzalez

B45 Cargo5

Addison Russell

Zinger

Paul Goldschmidt

Old Hickory TC1

Nolan Arenado

Old Hickory 28NA

Wilson Ramos

Chandler CB243 Maple

Jay Bruce

Louisville Slugger

Odubel Herrera

Victus

Adam Duvall

Louisville Slugger C243 Birch

Corey Seager

Old Hickory

Jonathan Lucroy

B45

Brandon Belt

Louisville Slugger

Starling Marte

Dinger

Aldemys Diaz

Marucci

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Mike Trout

Old Hickory MT27* with Lizard Skin

Manny Machado

Rawlings

David Ortiz

Marucci DO34 with Lizard Skin

Xander Bogaerts

Tucci KFP48

Eric Hosmer

Dove Tail HOS with Lizard Skin

Mookie Betts

Victus Axe with Lizard Skin Grip

Salvador Perez

Louisville Slugger I13M

Jackie Bradley

Victus

Jose Altuve (originally we published that Altuve swung Tucci, but we were wrong)

Tucci JA27

Victus JA27 33/31. From Victus: A custom built model with a flare knob, thin top hand and medium to large size barrel. Generates great bat whip for a 33” model while maintaining solid control.

Daniel Murphy

Louisville Slugger C243 Birch

Carlos Beltran

Marucci

Matt Wieters

Rawlings

Mark Trumbo

Trinity PC35 Birch with Lizard Skin

Robinson Cano

Marucci with Lizard Skin

Ian Desmond

Mizuno

Josh Donaldson

Marucci JD20

Edwin Encarnacion

Marucci with Lizard Skin

Francisco Lindor

Marucci

Michael Saunders

Mizuno

Eduardo Nunez

Did not bat, swings Marucci

Miguel Cabrera

Sam Bat MC1

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