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LOUISVILLE, KY – (October 1, 2013) - Mariano Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher of all time. His lethal cut fastball sawed off many a hitter and broke hundreds of bats over his 19-year career with the New York Yankees. Fitting then that Big Time Bats and Louisville Slugger have partnered on a limited-edition bat to commemorate Rivera’s illustrious career.

"Louisville Slugger is grateful to Mariano Rivera for all the bats he broke going inside on hitters over the years," laughed the company’s Manager of Specialty Bat Sales Brent Falkenstein. "He helped us sell a lot of bats to Major League ballplayers. We should’ve put him on our payroll!"

Just 5,000 of the special Mariano Rivera commemorative bats will be made. Each will be individually numbered, making them a special collectible for any baseball fan, especially those who love the New York Yankees.

Each bat is coated in Louisville Slugger’s Hornsby finish and engraved with Rivera’s career highlights in gold. Each bat sports a Rivera commemorative logo as well as the famous interlocking New York Yankees logo. Career highlights featured on the bats include Rivera’s total career saves, strikeouts, ERA, games played, games finished, dates of his first and last saves, as well as notation of his 13 All-Star Games® and five World Series® titles.The bats also commemorate Rivera’s 2013 All-Star Game MVP and his 1999 World Series MVP awards. Each bat is also engraved with Mariano Rivera’s signature with his iconic #42, just as he’s signed it thousands of times for fans over the years.

"This is an awesome collectible, one that any baseball fan or collector will want," Falkenstein said. "Yankees fans love Mo. He brought them a lot of joy and happiness. This bat displayed in their office, bedroom or family room will remind them of the man they called the Sandman and all those hitters he got out and games he saved for many years."

The special Mariano Rivera career-highlight bats sell for $149.95 plus shipping. They can be purchased online at www.bigtimebats.com or by calling toll free, 866-430-BATS (2287).

About Louisville Slugger
Louisville Slugger® is synonymous with baseball and softball. It is the leading brand in diamond sports. The company makes the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball, bats that are swung by the best of the best – Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Curtis Granderson and David Wright, among hundreds of other current MLB stars. They've all joined in Louisville Slugger's storied history to become part of a "Slugger Guy" fraternity that includes the greatest hitters to ever step up to the plate – Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, George Brett, Tony Gwynn and Ken Griffey Jr., to name just a few. Louisville Slugger also makes industry-leading equipment for youth, high school and college players. It sponsors top-level NCAA Division 1 baseball programs, including the 2012 National Champion Arizona Wildcats.

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