NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marucci has announced that they are now the top bat in the Big Leagues, with more than a third of players swinging the bat on an everyday basis.
Marucci has averaged 22 All-Stars per year, in the past four years, while the next best averaged 17 over the same period.
Marucci celebrated with the All-Stars and their families at a red carpet party at the 40/40 Club in New York City on July 15.
"Everyone knows Marucci make the best bats and consistently has the most All-Stars, so I am not surprised they have had so much success so quickly," said David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox All-Star, who recently had two of his Marucci bats sent to Cooperstown to memorialize his 400th Home Run and 1689th hit as a DH.
Marucci has over two dozen current and former Big Leaguers that are owners in the company who advise on design and test the product as part of a Player Advisory Board, consisting of players such as Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, and Andrew McCutchen.
"Marucci knows what players want, because they are players themselves," said Jose Bautista, an All-Star outfielder for the Blue Jays and Marucci Board member. "Their obsession with quality and commitment to the game is why so many players invest their time and money in this company. I am proud to be a part of the Marucci family."
"We are humbled by the overwhelming response from the players and would not be here without them," said Kurt Ainsworth, Marucci co-founder and former first round draft pick of San Francisco Giants who now runs pro operations. "As former players ourselves, we want to congratulate and thank all of these All-Stars for honoring the game by how they play the game every day."
Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Marucci was founded by two former Major Leaguers and their athletic trainer — Kurt Ainsworth, Joe Lawrence, and Jack Marucci – and began hand-crafting bats for some of the best players in the game from their garage. Producing bats was originally Jack Marucci's hobby; when his son Gino (then eight years old) wanted a wooden bat instead of aluminum, Marucci decided to produce it himself! Ainsworth and Lawrence took notice and turned his hobby into a custom bat-making business for the few Big Leaguers who were fortunate enough to get in on the limited supply in the early days. Fast forward 10 years, and that dedication to quality and understanding of players' needs has turned into an All-American success story.
To learn more about Marucci, please visit www.maruccisports.com