DeMarini Stadium Spec-One
By Dave Utnik
The bats were gone in a week. The entire first run of DeMarini's revolutionary Stadium Spec-ONE Slow pitch line flew off the shelves faster than they can launch a softball out of the park.
They are that popular.
Oh, and powerful.
That's the beauty of this two-piece design that combines a 13-inch 4.ONE composite barrel with a SC-4 aluminum handle: High end performance, unrivaled durability and the potential for some pretty big innings.
Team DeMarini's Long Haul Bombers will be touring the country with the Stadium Spec-One in their bat bags this summer. The trick now is to find one.
"Don’t worry," said Jerry Garnett, DeMarini's National Slow pitch Marketing Manager. "We are making more."
By essentially combining the best features of their 2012 GTL Cartel model and the very popular 2011 Stadium N-Spec Limited Edition, DeMarini has transformed its bat line into a showpiece that meets USSA, NSA and ISA championship standards.
It's available in 26, 27, 28 and 30 ounce models.
"Players want bats that have good performance right out of the wrapper and durability that is fair for a high performance level bat," Garnett said. "We were able to accommodate both with our unique designs, exceptional processing control and quality materials."
Long Haul Bombers stars Chris Larsen and Kevin Filly both swing the Stadium Spec-ONE, which will be featured during a tour of Major League Baseball stadiums as well at other major competitions such as Bat Wars and USSSA Slugfest events.
"The 2013 Stadium Spec-ONE has many improvements that are at the design and processing level," Garnett said. "The result is a bat that meets the new performance standards while allowing players to remain competitive."
The 2011 Stadium N-Spec model was considered one of the top slow pitch bats on the market with regards to its overall high performance and durability. The Spec-ONE has somehow created even more buzz.
"Players told us that they wanted a bat with a similar feel and performance to our GTL Cartel with durability that was closer to our Stadium N-Spec model," Garnett said. "We choose our 4.ONE composite barrel design, SC4 aluminum handle and Dish end cap to achieve our stiffness goal and created a more durable barrel design through material and processing improvements."
The end cap is especially intriguing because its concaved design, according to Garnett, "the unique design creates stiffness at the end of the barrel while driving energy back to the sweet spot."
And that, after all, is the goal of any power hitter.
The stiff barrel and handle allow for a more responsive feel that sluggers desire.
"It creates a solid feel under the ball that generates incredible performance and increased confidence at the plate," Garnett said. "Response has been great. We’ve seen an interest from players for our brand over the last couple of seasons starting with the Stadium N-Spec & GTL Cartel. Players recognize DeMarini as a competitive bat option and consumer confidence and product demand is high."
As the first week of production indicates, their popularity is soaring.
"We believe," Garnett said, "that we’ve designed a great product by listening to our customers and working hard and smart to give them what they want."