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Last Updated December 3, 2022 4:38pm by @BatDigest
We track MLB bat usage every opening day and some select days throughout the season. Our most recent 2023 data is below (as well as our historical data).
We’ve tracked bat usage from 2019-2023. That data is compiled from our sources below and you can see the trend line here.
Marucci and Victus (who is owned by Marucci) have domianted the plate since 2019. Only 2021, the pandemic year, did Slugger figure a way to edge out Victus. Marucci is back on top for 2023 by a point.
2023 brings with it some predictable bat usage at the MLB level. Marucci, who lost its top spot to Victus last year is back on top. With 24% of all plate appearance on opening day, it leads the way. But it’s sister company, Victus, isn’t far behind at 23%. Slugger is in third with 15% followed by Chandler and Old Hickory (both around 10%).
|7||Dove Tail Bats||2.2%|
We watched the first 270 at-bats of the 2022 season on our MLB subscription and tracked in a spreadsheet every MLB bat brand. Most times, we could see the label or an identifying feature on the players first at bat. For the others, by the end of the game, we found an at bat where we could identify the bat by its logo. For three different players we could not identify the bat in game one so we used games later in the week or images online to document the bat used. You can see our sources here.
|10||Dove Tail Bats||1.11%|
We watched every opening day game for 2021, saw the bat, and documented it on our spreadsheet. This chart represents what we found by way of total market share.
|9||Dove Tail Bats||1.18%|
We watched every opening day 2020 game on July 23rd and 24th. We also tracked what bats the starters used. This graph represents what MLB Bats players used on opening day for 2021.
|11||Dove Tail Bats||1.48%|
During the 2019 regular season (a week in September) we measured bat usage by brand.
|15||Dove Tail Bats||0.37%|
We track our data with our MLBtv Account. We watch each at-bat and take a screenshot. You can see and confirm each of those images here. We then move that data to a spreadsheet where totals and averages are tabulated. You can access that datasheet here.