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LOUISVILLE, KY – (April 23, 2013) - Louisville Slugger®, the Maker of the #1 Bat in Major League Baseball®, announced today that it has signed Cincinnati Reds’ star shortstop Zack Cozart to swing the historic bat maker’s new and innovative MLB Prime™ bats.

"We are really excited to have Zack join the Slugger Family," said Louisville Slugger Manager of Professional Baseball Sales Chuck Schupp. "Zack is the kind of guy we always look to sign. He's an up-and-coming star who will leave his mark on the game for many years. We are continually looking for impact players to trust the brand and be the 'Guy' for Slugger."

Cozart, a Memphis, Tenn., native and All-American at the University of Mississippi, is one of MLB’s rising young stars. He has 21 home runs in 163 games since coming to the Major Leagues in July 2011. That includes four homers in 17 games played in this young 2013 season. Cozart has 36 doubles since arriving in MLB. 33 of those came in the 138 games he played in 2012. Cozart has swung Louisville Slugger bats over his young career, building a relationship with the storied company while playing for the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats. He joins Louisville Slugger Prime 9 players such Reds stars Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips, along with other MLB® stars like Buster Posey, Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria, David Wright and Adam Jones. Cozart will swing a 33.5-inch, 31.5-ounce I13C model Louisville Slugger bat with a Black finish.


MLB Prime bats made their debut in Major League Baseball on Opening Day of the 2013 season. Louisville Slugger MLB Prime bats are made from the highest-quality furniture-grade veneer logs. They are cut in the Amish craftsmanship tradition, then vacuum-dried to maximize hardness. MLB Prime barrels are then made even harder by Louisville Slugger’s proprietary 360-degree compression. Finally, they receive Louisville Slugger’s new Advanced Finish System with 9H on the universal hardness scale, 30 percent harder than the finish on competitors' bats.

The same highest-quality-available MLB Prime wood bats that Cozart and other big leaguersswing are also available for amateur players at retail.

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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