Ripken Baseball Partners With Marucci Sports

Marucci to Showcase Premium Sports Equipment to over 40,000 Youth Baseball Players through Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball announced it has partnered with Marucci Sports, a premier baseball bat manufacturer and marketer.  Ripken Baseball and Marucci will collaborate through various platforms including retail opportunities, online baseball training tips and youth tournament experiences.

The partnership will include a Marucci mobile tour experience at select youth tournaments and camps at The Ripken Experience complexes in Aberdeen, Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reaching over 40,000 youth baseball participants.  In addition, Ripken Baseball will work with Marucci to develop hitting lessons featuring Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., 12-year Major League veteran Bill Ripken and select Marucci athletes that will be available to young athetes throughout the 2013 baseball season. Marucci will occupy retail space at each of The Ripken Experience complexes and Marucci bats will be available through Ripken Baseball's website. Marucci will also work with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to ensure that quality bats are available to kids everywhere.

"Marucci is the premier bat manufacturer at all levels of the game and we are excited to partner with an organization that shares our passion for pushing the game forward “ said Cal Ripken, Jr. "Innovative instruction coupled with cutting-edge equipment gets kids excited to play the game and helps ballplayers elevate their potential."

Through advanced technology and superior craftsmanship, Marucci has become baseball's leading producer of innovative, game-tested equipment, including premium wood and aluminum bats.

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes your absolute best every day and great teamwork to make it happen,” said Brett Stohlton, CEO of Marucci Sports. “Our unique partnership will ‘Honor the Game’ by providing the next generation of ballplayers with the tools to excel to their fullest potential, on and off the field. We could not have found better partners in Cal and Bill, both of whom share our guiding principles and love for the game of baseball.”

For a behind the scenes glimpse at Cal Ripken, Jr. touring the Marucci Bats shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp63ExRYxzM.

About Ripken Baseball, Inc.
Ripken Baseball, Inc. is a sports entertainment company based in Baltimore, Md. that represents the business interests of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken. Established in 2001, the mission of Ripken Baseball is to Inspire athletes through remarkable experiences. Ripken Baseball currently owns and operates multiple Minor League Baseball teams and plays host numerous youth tournaments, camps and clinics at The Ripken Experience baseball complexes in Aberdeen, Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

About Marucci Sports
Like most great all-American stories, Marucci comes from humble beginnings.  Started in a 6'x9' tool shed by Jack Marucci and two former big leaguers, Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence, Marucci was built on an unflinching commitment to handcrafting the best wood bat in the game.  Today more than 300 big leaguers use Marucci bats, including Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, José Bautista, and David Ortiz.  Marucci is majority owned by professional players and uses its player advisory board to design the game’s most innovative product line-up, which includes wood and aluminum bats, batting gloves and protective equipment.

For more information on Marucci and how our athletes “Honor the Game,” please visit: www.maruccisports.com; www.facebook.com/MarucciSports.

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