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Baden Named Official Baseball of Washington American Legion
Renton-based Baden Sports deepens its in-state connections with multi-year deal to supply official baseballs
RENTON, Wash. (April 11, 2016) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced it has been selected as the official ball supplier of Washington State American Legion Baseball.
The multi-year agreement designates Baden’s Perfection® 3B-AL and 2BBG-AL as the official baseballs for Washington Senior Legion and Junior Legion play, respectively, starting this spring.
“We take special pride, as a Washington company, in supporting Washington programs,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “Many of us at Baden, myself included, grew up here and played youth sports in the state, so we’re excited to be partnering with Washington American Legion and look forward to providing its coaches and players the highest-quality baseballs.”
Baden’s Perfection® 3B-AL Baseball features a pro-grade, premium leather cover, “A”-grade wool windings and a cushioned cork center.
Baden also provides the official baseball to many other Northwest organizations, including the Great West League (GWL), the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), the Pacific International League (PIL) and the West Coast League (WCL).
“Baden’s reputation for quality and customer service is exemplary,” said Don Hays, Washington State American Legion Baseball Commissioner. “We’re pleased to have them as our official ball provider and eager to begin using Baden baseballs in sanctioned play.”
As part of the agreement, Washington State American Legion Baseball also will receive a promotional discount code entitling affiliated players, coaches and their families to significant savings on purchases made through Baden’s Axe™ Bat website, www.axebat.com; a percentage of all sales using that code will be returned to the organization quarterly for operational use.
The Axe™ Bat by Baden represents the latest in cutting-edge bat design. Its patented, axe-shaped handle follows the natural contours of the wrist and palm, and has been scientifically proven to improve bat control and grip stability, enhance power transfer, and provide players more space to accelerate the barrel compared to bats with traditional round knobs and handles.1 The Axe™ Bat is approved for play at all levels and is being swung by professional players and elite college programs nationwide.
All of Baden’s baseball products, including pitching machine balls, batting gloves and equipment bags, can be purchased through team dealers or online. For more information, visit www.badensports.com and www.axebat.com.
About Washington State American Legion Baseball
American Legion Baseball started in Washington in 1928 and has been offering quality summer baseball to the youth of Washington state ever since. During those 90 years, our mission has always been: 1) To inculcate in youth a better understanding of the American way of life and to promote the principles of Americanism; 2) To instill in the nation’s youth a sincere desire to develop within themselves a feeling of citizenship, sportsmanship, loyalty, and team spirt; 3) To aid in the improvement and development of the physical fitness of our country’s youth, and; 4) To build for the nation’s future through our youth. During the 2016 baseball season, players ages 13-19 will be able to compete for a position on an American Legion team in their community. With more than 150 teams statewide, averaging 2,400 players, and more than 400 managers and coaches, the Washington program is one of the top programs in the nation. Anyone interested in getting involved in Legion Baseball can visit www.wastatealb.org for more details and contact information.
About Baden Sports
Baden Sports, Inc., an independent, family-owned company based in Renton, Wash., is a designer and producer of the highest-quality athletic balls. Baden also manufactures the new Axe™ line of high-performance baseball and softball bats. For 36 years, Baden’s product innovation and leadership have led conferences, programs and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit Baden’s website and Facebook page.
1 Biomechanical Study of the New Axe Handle Baseball Bats and Comparison with Standard Round Knob Bats: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0672/3253/files/AXE_Bat_Study_4_10_14.pdf?667.
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