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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2022 DeMarini The Goods is a two-piece hybrid (alloy barrel, composite handle) with a mild endload built for serious hitters that like weight, stiffness, and a good-sized barrel. It comes in a BBCOR, USSSA drop 10 and 5, as well as a USA, drop 10. It was released on October 27th to much fanfare as the 2021 version was out of stock and inventory issues due to supply chain problems left a bunch of empty shelves.
Although inventory is a bit dynamic the first few days of release, we have had success finding inventory at these links. Last updated at 10 pm MST on 10.27.21.
Our hitters love the feel, stiff performance, big barrel, and perceived performance of The Goods. The bat shines in BBCOR and is clearly a great bat for a lot of serious players. USSSA drop 5 and 10 models are decent but few believe they are must have bats. The drop 10 in USA is a reasonable if not overpriced.
Generally, the 2022 The Goods is built for the serious hitter that likes an alloy barrel on a composite handle. Although the drop 10’s in USA and USSSA are lighter, they definitely swing heavier than the slightest in that class. The BBCOR version of the bat is a great fit for a lot of hitters, especially those players that can handle a bit of an endload and want an alloy barrel. The drop 5 in USSSA is a great hit and built like the BBCOR version of the bat with a lighter swing and better trampoline effect.
The most comparable 2022 bats compared to The Goods are the True HZRDUS and Slugger Select.
The changes between the 2022 and 2021 are in the end cap. The BBCOR and drop 5 USSSA use the new Tremor end cap that is built for more durability and swing weight. The Tracer end cap, built for a light swing, is found on the 2022 USA drop 10 and 8 as well as the USSSA Drop 10.
The other change in the 2022 The Goods line is the split in the drop 10 and 5 USSSA bat. Although still called the same, the drop 5 uses a connection piece like the BBCOR version. In drop 10, there is a new connection piece that is more flexible.
Other than those changes, the alloy and handles all stay the same for 2022.
The Goods is a hybrid bat built with an alloy barrel and composite barrel. It is built with the stronger hitter in mind that likes more of a load in the barrel. The connection pieces vary throughout the line but are generally stiff.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.