Baseball is an American tradition unlike any other. If you’re looking for a new bat, you simply have to get something American-made. That’s why we did the research to help you find the brands that are making baseball bats right here in the USA. Below are our findings. Make sure to check out our research on American made baseball gloves, too.
Complete List of Baseball Bats Made in the USA
Made in Wisconsin, Three Brothers Bats is handcrafting high-quality wood baseball bats. They currently carry between 20-25 models, 15 of which are original handmade models exclusive to their company, each designed for all types of hitters. Those models are available in their Ballplayer Series bats and Custom Pro Series game bats, which have more customization options like the type of finish you want and custom engravings. Their bats come in 3 wood types you can choose from: ash, birch, and maple.
We had the privilege of speaking to the guys behind Three Brothers Bats recently about themselves and their production process, so be sure to read our full interview with them as well.
If you’re interested in getting a TBB bat, use our exclusive discount code ALLAMERICAN10 for a 10% discount on your order!
Chandler Bats is based in Florida and is another high-quality wood baseball bat manufacturer. They are a popular name in the industry, have a good money-back guarantee for the first 60 days, and all of their bats meet MLB testing standards.
Made in Winder, Georgia, Dirty South Bats makes metal bats for everyone from youth leagues to USSSA. Having a metal bat sounds like a gunshot when you make solid contact at that sweet spot. Speaking of the sweet spot, these bats are designed not to have one. They’re made to be a continuous compression barrel; therefore, hitting at any point on the bat will feel like a ‘sweet spot.’ The taper from the barrel to the handle is also quite dramatic on these bats. The Swag, Dirt Demon, DNGR, MADE, and Kamo models are some of their most popular barrels.
Baum Bats is making composite wood bats out of Phoenix, Arizona. Their AAA Pro model is especially popular in a lot of leagues. Being extremely durable, it’s on the heavier side with a -3 drop weight. Outside of just the AAA Pro, these bats are made to have a really nice balanced feel and a great sweet spot across the barrel. Their bats are BBCOR-certified and approved for USA Baseball wood events, NCAA, MLB rookie ball, and most tournaments and summer leagues.
Used for on-deck warm-up and training programs, this American-made weighted bat from Bratt Bat will help you add speed and power to your swing. Unlike doughnuts and other training aids, this bat distributes the added weight throughout the length of the barrel, creating a balanced feel that mimics the bat you use at the plate. It’s available in various sizes and models for youth and adult players, baseball and softball. Fun fact: the Bratt Bat was placed in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Phoenix Bats makes a wide range of bats, but is well known for their softball bats. Made outside of Columbus, Ohio, their wood softball bats are meticulously designed to help hitters strengthen their wrists, improve bat control, and find that sweet spot. Some leagues across the country are switching from metal to wood bats to make hitting more about skill than technology. With the advancement in metal bats, sweet spots are getting bigger and bigger, which Phoenix Bats argues is leading to a decline in hitting skills. These wood softball bats come in two wood options (maple or birch) and 39 colors.
Louisville Slugger has been making bats in Kentucky since the 19th century and is synonymous with American baseball. Tons of Major League Baseball players, colleges, club teams, high schools, and youth organizations are swinging these bats every day. They are produced by a company called Hillerich & Bradsby Company which was founded all the way back in 1855. In 2015, they sold the Louisville Slugger division to Wilson (the famous sporting goods brand), but still make bats in their Louisville, KY facilities.
Old Hickory Bat Company began in 1999 making wood bats and quickly grew into one of the biggest baseball bat brands in the country (Mike Trout hits with these bats). They source their wood from the Northeastern US and Canada, so keep that in mind if you’re looking at purchasing a bat from them.
Dove Tail Bats are hit by lots of major leaguers, including Pete Alonso who set the rookie home run record swinging them. They have a lot of stock and custom bats to choose from, both wood and metal. So, you should be able to craft a bat just the way you like it.
Tucci Lumber Bats was founded in 2009 by Pete Tucci, a former MLB player, and first-round pick. He started crafting custom wood bats by himself, and the company has quickly grown into a powerhouse bat manufacturer.
Zinger Bats has been making professional baseball bats since 1998. They use Rock Maple and Northern Ash for all their wood bats, and everything is sourced in the US. Their Transitional Series bats are popular in youth leagues. Check out their Professional X Series bats for adults and pros.
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How To Find Baseball Bats Made in the USA
If you have ever played baseball, you will know how important a baseball bat is. The bat’s sturdiness, material, and weight make a huge difference. When the baseball is hurled in your direction at up to 90 MPH, you want a baseball bat that can withstand the impact and score your team a home run.
Often products made overseas are poor quality, so if you’re looking for a good quality baseball bat, you need to look at American made bats. This can be challenging as most production nowadays takes place abroad. But using this guide, you will find your next US-made baseball bat in no time!
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
So what does “made in the USA” mean exactly? According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for a product to earn the “made in the USA” label, “all or virtually all” of the product must be made in the United States. This means everything from the sourcing of the raw materials to the baseball bat assembly must take place in the USA.
However, the FTC does not do a good job of monitoring the use of this label, so it is ultimately up to the consumers to do their own research and report any businesses wrongfully using this label. This is why finding products made in the USA is more complex than it may seem.
To learn more about the FTC and “made in the USA,” check out our guide to finding the country of origin.
The first step to finding American made baseball bats is researching the product’s materials. Baseballs are typically made from wood or aluminum.
Baseball bats are typically made of wood, specifically hardwood. Hardwoods, such as oak and maple, are expensive, but they are also more durable. Fortunately, the USA also has one of the world’s highest production of hardwood lumber, falling just slightly behind China. This means there is plenty of American hardwoods to choose from. However, since Chinese hardwoods are cheaper, companies looking to cut costs tend to source from overseas. So, it is important to double-check the country of origin regarding wooden baseball bats. Thankfully, overall, wooden baseball bats made in the USA should be relatively easy to find.
Professional baseball players use aluminum baseball bats because of their durability. Currently, China is the world’s number one aluminum producer, while the USA falls quite far behind, coming in at 9th in the world. This means that the USA does produce some aluminum, though not to the extent that China and other aluminum-manufacturing countries do. So, when sourcing aluminum, it is more likely than not that you’ll find it made abroad. However, it is not impossible to find aluminum baseball bats made in the USA, so it’s worth researching the country of origin before making your purchase.
To aid in finding US-made baseball bats, you’ll need to also look at the labeling.
Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the United States Code states that any product manufactured overseas must be labeled as such. So, if you’re looking for an American-made baseball bat, you should look specifically for the “made in the USA” label. You can find this label on the product itself or the packaging.
When looking at the label, look at everything with a critical eye. Watch out for those tricky words and phrases companies may use to confuse customers into thinking their products are made in the USA. Examples of this include:
- Made in America: This means the product may have been made in Canada or Mexico, not necessarily in the USA.
- Manufactured in the USA: This means the product is assembled in the USA with imported materials.
- Designed in the USA: This means the product is likely sourced and assembled overseas while the company is based in the USA.
- Made in the USA with imported materials: This means the product is put together in the USA but with materials sourced abroad.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is the American flag sticker. Just because a product has an American flag sticker on the label does not automatically mean that it is made in the United States. Using the flag sticker on labels is not regulated, so any company could technically use it.
Here are some other valuable tips that you can try to help you determine if a baseball bat is made in the USA.
Look at the Company’s Website
Specifically, check out the company’s “About Us” or “Our Story” pages or look at the product page. “Made in the USA” is a huge selling point, so the company will proudly advertise it on its website if this is the case.
Although labeling is required for the physical product, on online or promotional materials, there is no legal need to state where a product is made. So, if you can’t find information regarding the country of origin of a particular product, assume that it is made abroad.
Online Shopping Sites
It’s hard finding the country of origin if you’re shopping online, but there are some tricks. Online shopping sites like Amazon will often state the country of origin of their products in the “Product Information” section. The FAQ section is another excellent place to check.
Check Social Media Handles
Social media, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tiktok, is another great place to look. Companies may have posted about the country of origin on their social media accounts. Also, look out for any clues on where their manufacturing is based.
Call The Company
If you’re still unsure about the country of origin, you can always call them and ask!
Baseball Bats Not Made in the USA
We were pleased to see most big baseball bat brands were making their products in the USA, however, we did come across a few who are manufacturing their baseball bats elsewhere. See the full list below as well as where they’re manufactured.
- Marucci – Wooden baseball bats are made in Louisiana, USA, but other products are made in China.
- Easton – Made in China.
- Kotionok – Made in China.
- Mizuno – Made in Japan.