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Teammate Kinsler on board with Slugger too!

LOUISVILLE, KY – (January 31, 2012)  Josh Hamilton, one of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars, has entered into an exclusive bat contract with Louisville Slugger®, the number one bat in MLB®.  He is the latest in a long line of baseball’s best to have his own model Louisville Slugger, also the Official Bat of Major League Baseball®.

Hamilton’s decision to sign with Louisville Slugger is the culmination of several years of the Texas Rangers’ All-Star outfielder working with the historic company to develop bats specifically for him.  Together they created a bat model for Hamilton, the H359, with the right specifications, feel, performance and on-field results.  And those results are unquestionable!

Hamilton was named ML Player of the Year, AL MVP, ALCS MVP, and won the AL batting title in 2010 with a .359 average and 32 homeruns.  His stats include 25 HR’s, 94 RBI’s and .298 batting average in just 121 games in 2011 while battling injury.  In just five MLB seasons, Hamilton already has 118 HR’s and a career .308 batting average.

“Louisville Slugger is committed to excellence and outstanding product performance,” said the company’s Pro Baseball Business Manager, Chuck Schupp.  “That’s driven by the feedback we get from high-level players like Josh Hamilton, and meeting their requirements.  Yes, we have 128 years of history, but creating history every season is our goal.”

Signing Hamilton highlights the off-season signings for Louisville Slugger.  The historic company that has supplied bats for 80 percent of the hitters in the Baseball Hall of Fame also signed second baseman Ian Kinsler, Hamilton’s Ranger teammate. Kinsler has 124 HR’s in six big league seasons and a career .275 batting average.

“Josh and Ian are two of the most outstanding players in baseball today,” Schupp said.  “It’s an honor for us to add these great stars to our roster and have them help Louisville Slugger keep making baseball history.”

The company also signed several of baseball’s top 10 prospects who will help to enhance Louisville Slugger’s future success.  They are:

Nick Castellanos - Detroit Tigers
Adam Chambers - St. Louis Cardinals
Zack Cox - St. Louis Cardinals
Sebastian Valle - Philadelphia Phillies
Jurickson Profar - Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton isn’t the only one who will get his hands on a signature model H359. His fans can too!  The H359 model, M9 maple, 35-inch Louisville Slugger bat with no finish, just like Hamilton swings, is available at www.sluggergifts.com for $70.00 plus shipping.  Louisville Slugger is the Number One Bat in MLB!

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