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2023 Easton Black Magic Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022

2023 Black Magic Models


The 2023 Easton Black Magic is a single-piece alloy bat that is a repaint of the 2022 Easton ALX. The Black Magic is a throwback version with a nostalgic paint job reminiscent of the mid-1990s bat that many players’ parents may have swung. More than a few players are used in the college world series.

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –5
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –10
/10

General Recomendations

As with the ALX, the Black Magic is made for a hitter who likes feedback, a single-piece bat, and a bit of an endload. The USSSA versions of the bat are $50 more than the ALX, so it doesn’t seem to make much sense to pay more unless you really love the paint job, and you might. However, there is NO drop 5 in the ALX like there is in the Black Magic. As well, the BBCOR version is the same price as the ALX.

Model Recommendations

BB23BM

BBCOR Review

Black Magic BBCOR Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2023 Easton Black Magic in BBCOR is the Easton ALX with a retro paint job. The bat is a single piece alloy, gets great ratings, has a good sized barrel and has a mid load.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Serial: BB23BM
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.
SL23BM5

USSSA Drop 5 Review

Black Magic USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 3 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2023 Black Magic USSSA is a 2022 ALX reprint. However, it actually comes in a drop 5. So, the drop 5 Black Magic is a new bat for 2023 while the drop 8, 10 and BBCOR are repatins of the ALX from 2022.
Sizing: 31, 32-inch
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Serial: SL23BM5
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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SL23BM8

USSSA Drop 8 Review

Black Magic USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 3 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2023 Black Magic USSSA is a 2022 ALX reprint. You can find this exact bat in the ALX from 2022 in a drop 8. It is about $40 cheaper, so if you dont' care for the paying job/nastalgia here, then save the money. If you do love it, then here it is in all its glory.
Sizing: 31, 32-inch
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Serial: SL23BM8
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.
SL23BM10

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Black Magic USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2023 Black Magic USSSA is a 2022 ALX reprint. However, it actually comes in a drop 5. So, the drop 5 Black Magic is a new bat for 2023 while the drop 8, 10 and BBCOR are repatins of the ALX from 2022.
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Serial: SL23BM10
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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Comparable Bats

Other similar bats are single piece bats with decent swing weights. Look for a bat like DeMarini’s The Goods One Piece or Marucci’s CAT 9.

Previous Models

There was no 2022 version of the bat, but take a close look at the 2022 ALX if you want to see a similar older bats than the Black Magic.

Construction

The Easton Black Magic for 2023 is a single-piece bat with a Power Boost Knob.

Overall Ratings

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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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