Easton Launches Limited-Edition Retro-Styled Black Magic Bat 

Image credit: Easton Black Magic Bat

Ahead of the summer baseball season and College World Series, Easton released a retro-styled Black Magic bat in both the BBCOR and USSSA models.  

The Original Black Magic was popular in the mid-1980s, one of the most used bats in Easton’s history—along with the B5 Pro. The original Black Magic was the first 2-3/4-inch barrel bat of its kind and quickly grew in use across amateur baseball. Today’s Black Magic Retro Remix, which launched for pre-order on June 9, offers a modern take on the original, engineered for today’s game with a style reminiscent of the one four decades ago.

“The original Black Magic might arguably be one of the most well-known bats to ever be made,” says John Loeffler, Easton’s bat category manager. “We are thrilled to bring that name back to life with updated technology, innovation and performance.”  

The new Black Magic Retro Remix offers a one-piece aluminum bat with R5 alloy. The FlyWall ringless barrel design features different layers of alloy across the barrel, aimed at crafting a larger sweet spot and smoother feel at contact. The Easton Power Boost Soft Knob technology is meant to give hitters more leverage with reduced vibration and comfort for the bottom hand.  

Of course, the retro styling plays across the aesthetics of the bat with the black base punctuated with gold.  

“The original Black Magic was one of those bats to set the standard for bat innovation when it was first introduced,” says Matt Arndt, Easton senior vice president of product and research and development. “Now, coupled with today’s standards and advancements in technology, we are excited to bring back one of the most iconic bats in baseball history.”  

The Black Magic released in multiple sizes for pre-order on June 9 and will be available online and in stores on June 16. The BBCOR design, priced at $350, is a -3, while the USSSA, priced at $280, comes in a -10, -8 or -5, all with varying barrel lengths and weights.  

Tim Newcomb covers gear and business for Baseball America. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.  

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