Approximate -4 to -5 Length to Weight Ratio
Team Discounts Available
2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter
Northern White Ash Wood
Natural Flame Tempered Finish
Great for Practice or Games
Priced to fit even the tightest of budgets, this Louisville Slugger ash wood youth bat combines a classic look and and quality wood at an incredible value! The MLB225YB is made from Northern White Ash which popular for its lightweight feel and flexibility. This flexibility isn't found in most wood, and therefore gives ash bats a larger, more forgiving sweet spot. This bat features a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter that makes it legal for use in just about any youth league. The MLB225YB has a natural flame tempered finish that gives it a classic, yet trendy look. This bat is great for practice or games. Many players prefer to use an inexpensive bat like this for batting practice in order to save their more expensive metal bat for game play only. Practicing with a wood bat has proven to be very beneficial to young players' mechanics as well. Team discounts are available for this product when ordering multiple bats. The MLB225YB is approved for play in all major youth leagues. Louisville Slugger: The Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Free Shipping!
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About the Brand
In 1842, J. Frederick Hillerich emigrated with his family from Baden-Baden, Germany to the United States. Eight years before, the 1834 Book of Sports had made its debut as the nation's first publication covering baseball. But when he arrived in Baltimore, J. Frederick Hillerich would never have dreamed of the future impact his family would have on America's favorite pastime.
After a short while, the Hillerichs moved to Louisville, where J. Fred started a woodworking shop in 1856. Two of his sons, Adam and John Andrew "Bud" were born in the United States and would later join their father in his business. By 1864 "J.F. Hillerich, Job Turning" was in operation and filled orders for businesses by custom-turning everything from balusters to bedposts.
The firm thrived, and by 1875 the little woodworking shop employed about 20 people. In 1880 Bud Hillerich, who was an amateur baseball player, became an apprentice in his father's shop. Young Bud made his own baseball bats along with bats for several of his teammates.
The debate over the origins of the first bat continues to generate controversy among baseball enthusiasts, but the younger Hillerich was most certainly involved in getting his father's business involved with what would become the company's signature item. According to company legend, the first bat was turned by Bud for Pete "The Old Gladiator" Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team - the Eclipse. On a spring afternoon Bud, then seventeen, witnessed Browning break his favorite bat. Bud offered to make a bat for his hero, and Browning accepted. After the young wood shop apprentice lathed a quality stick from white ash, according to the story, Browning got three hits with it in the next game.
Louisville Slugger gloves are worn by more pitchers in Major League Baseball than any other glove.
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