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2021 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 2, 2022


The 2021 Louisville Slugger Omaha is a single-piece aluminum bat in BBCOR and USSSA. The 33 and 34-inch BBCOR are in the endloaded category, while the rest, including those in the USSSA, are more balanced. For 2021, Slugger decided not to sell this bat wholesale. So, you can only find it directly on their website. The 2021 Omaha is true to its roots but does come with real upgrades from 2020. The handle’s aluminum is reenginneered to help bring down sting. While hitting, we did not notice any differences.

2021 Omaha Models


Our bigger, stronger hitters like single-piece aluminum bats. So do some of the younger, entry-level players who don’t see high pitch speeds in rec ball. The attractive price point is a good place to start for most parents just willing to dip their toes in the world of performance bats.

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10

General Recomendations

Aside from the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR, the 2021 Omaha is made for the hitter who likes a stiff feel, needs tons of bat speed, and likes a big barrelled single-piece aluminum bat. It is also built for the parent who likes a more reasonably priced bat that can perform at the top of the BBCOR or USSSA limit. The 33 and 34-inch BBCOR are heavy swings built for the elite hitter who wants a stiff feel and all the barrel he can handle.

Model Recommendations

WTLBBO521B3

BBCOR Review

Omaha BBCOR Ratings (key)
3 2 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 33 and 34-inch BBCOR versions of the Slugger Omaha are considered end-loaded. The 29 through 32 inches are balanced. This dynamic swing weight serves those who need a 33/34 better. Overall, the 2021 BBCOR Omaha is a single-piece bat with a big barrel and decent feel. Our exit speeds show the bat performs as well as any on the market. The 2021 model only has distribution on Slugger's site directly, and that lack of awareness pushes down its relevance and demand. To make matters worse, they raised the starting price by $50 over the 2020. Its 29 through 34-inch lengths, though, do make it an option for every player that can find it.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Serial: WTLBBO521B3
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
WBL2472

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Omaha USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3 2 5 4 3 3 2 4 5 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
We aren't sure why the drop 10 for 2021 is now a 2 5/8 while the previous year's versions have been a 2 3/4. The bat hasn't changed in terms of its alloy and handle or end cap in the USSSA space. But, for whatever reason, it is now a 2 5/8 barrel. They dropped the drop 5 from the lineup (which was a 2 5/8). The bat still has plenty of sizes available so that's good, but they also bailed on vendor distribution (you can't find this anywhere but on Slugger's site) so it might be hard for some to find it. They also raised the price by $20 from last year. If you have not guessed yet, our suggestion would be to avoid the 2021 and buy a 2020 model. It's less expensive and has a bigger barrel.
Sizing: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Serial: WBL2472
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

There are a lot of single-piece alloy bats with balanced swings and big barrels. The CAT 9 from Marucci is the most popular. But you also have bats like the Rawlings VELO and 5150, Eaton’s Fuze and Alpha, DeMarini’s Voodoo One, and The Goods One Piece. Slugger has another line called the Solo that is simliar. This is all to say nothing of the hoards of other smaller bat companies which have come out with single-piece aluminum bat too.

Previous Models

The changes from 2020 to 2021 are as big as the Omaha has ever experienced. First, the bat uses a new alloy in the handle to help reduce hand sting. We did not notice any differences but can believe the claim to some extent. Second, the bat is no longer offered at major outlets. Instead, Slugger has kept the distribution all in house and the only way to buy the bat (at least in the beginning months) is through its online store.

That second change is bigger than most consumers might imagine. The pressure on bat distribution channels to find sustainable margins has been very real the last several years. Covid has only multiplied that problem.

As bat companies have consolidated, Amazon has grown in the bat space, and manufacturers have gone more to direct sales, the manner in which direction the money flows has changed companies and lives. Retaining one of their most popular bat lines ever in the 2021 Omaha to in house sales only cuts out major retailers and creates a want of independent information on these bats.

Our estimation is that Wilson, the parent company of Louisville Slugger, is taking a considerable risk by cutting out their major distribution channels on one of the most popular bats of all time. Maybe, though, this is just an effect that COVID had on distribution and things will change come 2022? We will see.

Construction

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Omaha is a single piece aluminum bat with a big barrel and balanced swing weight. The 33 and 34-inch BBCOR bats have a swing weight and balance point that is more endloaded than the 29 through 32-inch versions. The USSSA version swings balanced compared to the rest of those in its class.

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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