Introducing The MB50, The Axe Bat Inspired By Mookie Betts
Practically every day, for the last six months, Mookie Betts has done something spectacular on the baseball field.
There were the home runs in Baltimore, the throw in Tampa, and the near nightly highlights in Boston worthy of a #WinDanceRepeat.
By any objective standard, his performance this season puts him on the (very) short list of the game’s best players, if not the clear choice for MVP of the American League.
Betts has swung an Axe-handled bat exclusively for more than a year now, so when we drew up plans for our 2017 line, we thought it only fitting he have a signature model.
Today, just in time for the playoffs, we’re excited to announce the MB50, a new senior youth baseball bat with a design inspired and approved by Mookie Betts. The bat can be pre-ordered now on www.axebat.com and will begin shipping to customers within the next 2-3 weeks.
The MB50 further expands Axe Bats’ senior youth offering, and is the third new model added to the category for 2017. It features a 2-5/8″ barrel, a minus-10 length-to-weight ratio, and will come in sizes ranging from 28″ to 32″.
John DeLuna, lead designer on the MB50, said the goal was to create a bat that clearly fit with the 2017 line, but had enough contrast to stand on its own.
“The obvious choice was to do a lighter color for the base,” said DeLuna, referring to his selection of white for the MB50; all other bats in the 2017 line have a black base. “As I started laying out the white with the darker blue and red shades, it started looking really good. The right contrast was there and it just worked.”
The design is accentuated by Betts’ preferred Lizard Skins Bat Grip, a wild blend of red, white, and blue that matches the bat’s color scheme.
The MB50 is the first Axe Bat ever made with a white end cap and white handle, a tip of the cap to Betts, who continues to defy expectations and convention.
“I like how it turned out,” DeLuna said.
If you do, too, you can win an MB50 by telling us in the comments why you think Mookie Betts should be this year’s AL MVP. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random on Oct. 31.by