Axe Bat’s Top 10 Moments Of 2017
As the curtain falls on 2017, and we reflect on all that has happened, we are reminded of how fortunate we have been on this journey.
What started as an idea has now become a movement.
More players at every level are switching to Axe Handle bats. In the Big Leagues, nearly 60 different players have now swung an Axe Handle bat during the regular season. In college baseball, two of the four major national championships this year were won by programs swinging Axe Bats exclusively. More options for fastpitch players are driving record adoption in that sport, and the same holds true for youth baseball, slow pitch, and training.
To the business partners, coaches, parents, players, and friends who made this momentum real, we say thank you.
Thank you for your support, your business, and most important, your belief in us and the Axe Handle as a better way to hit. We’re eager to make 2018 an even better year at the plate for all of you.
Before ringing in the new year, however, we hope you enjoy reliving some of the most memorable Big League moments of 2017.
Top 10 performances with an Axe Handle in 2017
#10. Arizona’s Chris Owings walks off San Francisco on Opening Day, starting the D’Backs on the path to their first postseason appearance since 2011.
#9. San Diego rookie Allen Cordoba hits his first Big League home run, becoming the first player in history to do so with an Axe Handle bat.
#8. Boston’s Mookie Betts goes 129 regular-season plate appearances without striking out, the longest stretch in the Big Leagues since 2004.
#7. Los Angeles’ Joc Pederson homers in back-to-back games, notching the first home runs hit with an Axe Handle bat in Cincinnati. By the end of the year, players swinging Axe Handle bats will have homered in all 30 Big League ballparks. Pederson’s final season stats show his performance better with an Axe Handle in slugging (.544 compared to .291 with a round-handle bat), OPS (.913 / .589), ISO (.296 / .108), and wOBA (.384 / .269).
#6. Houston’s Jose Altuve hits a home run in his first regular-season plate appearance swinging an Axe Handle bat.
#5. Atlanta’s Kurt Suzuki records his third multi-homer game of the year, and goes on to post career-best totals for home runs (19), slugging percentage (.536), and OPS (.887).
#4. San Diego’s Manuel Margot is named NL Player of the Week for July 24-30, his first week swinging an Axe Handle bat. One of the three home runs he hits during the week travels 424 feet, his longest of the season. Margot’s final season stats show his performance better with an Axe Handle bat in slugging (.465 compared to .374 with a round-handle bat), OPS (.783 / .683), ISO (.200 / .113), and wOBA (.332 / .296).
#3. Arizona’s David Peralta sets a franchise record with four doubles in one game.
#2. Arizona’s Jake Lamb crushes a mammoth 481-foot home run, the longest hit in the Big Leagues to that point of the season. Lamb finishes with a career-best 30, all hit with an Axe Handle bat.
#1. Houston’s George Springer becomes the first player to homer in four straight games in the same World Series. His five homers in the series ties the all-time record and earns him MVP honors.by