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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Easton Black Magic for 2023 is a single-piece bat with a Power Boost Knob.
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.