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Official Bat Of Major League Baseball
Approximate 2 1/2 Inch Barrel Diameter
Approximate -3 Length To Weight Ratio
Balanced Swing Weight
Bone Rubbed To Compress Wood & Make It More Durable
DJ2 - Derek Jeter's Vintage Model
Colorway: Vintage Stain
EXOPRO Finish For Improved Appearance & Hardness
Manufactured With Pride In The United States
MLB Grade Ash Wood Construction
Pro Cupped End Ensures A Harder Piece Of Wood During Construction
Seamless Decals Deliver A Pristine Look Without Added Stress Or Heat
Standard Handle Supplies Better Control At The Plate
Louisville Slugger Prime Old Fashioned DJ2 Ash Wood Baseball Bat: WTLWPADJ2A20
Derek Jeter heads up the list of players on the 2020 MLB Hall of Fame ballot and now you can swing his model of choice, the DJ2. Louisville Slugger Prime wood bats provide authentic power to professionals in Major League Baseball. As the official bat of MLB, each one of these models comes with a pristine look, premium pop on contact, and one of the hardest hitting barrels in baseball. With branding that blends into the pro-grade wood with perfect precision, there's no added stress, pressure, or heat applied so that you're swinging a wood bat in its purest form. MLB Prime wood bats are also coated with new EXOPRO for increased surface hardness and clean look. Don't even start to think that the hard truth ends there because it doesn't. Adding to the already long list of revolutionary features, each Louisville Slugger Prime arrives bone rubbed with a pro cupped end to ensure a more dense piece of wood with incredible strength. To earn the title as the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, all of these Prime wood bats will also come with the ink dot certification below the barrel to prove the slope-of-grain requirement for MLB approval. The best part? Each one of these wood baseball bats is handcrafted with pride in the United States. Louisville Slugger: Leave Your Mark!
The DJ2 features a standard handle thickness and longer barrel taper resembling the aluminum bat Jeter used in high school. In addition, the DJ2 comes with a vintage stain finish and black branding. Pick yours up today with fast, 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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