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D-Bat Trumbull seeks uptick as spring hits

March 28, 2019

On the heels of opening day for Major League Baseball, owners of the new D-Bat training facility in Trumbull said they hope to see an uptick in business.

It’s been roughly three months since owners Lou Bunosso and Mark Szuchman first brought the baseball and softball training franchise to 30 Nutmeg Drive, adding to the array of businesses in the Trumbull Corporate Park.

“We’re extremely excited to be apart of the community, and we feel that we are bringing something of incredible value to kids from age 5 all the way up to high school,” Szuchman said.

D-Bat, headquartered in Addison, Texas, opened in the late 1990s and has trained several athletes who have gone on to play professional ball. It has nearly 60 locations nationwide and boasts more than 20 years of grooming athletes.

The Trumbull business offers batting cages, lessons, camps and clinics, as well as a pro shop to purchase baseball and softball equipment and apparel along with membership packages that help reduce costs.

D-Bat took up roughly 21,000 square feet of space within an 86,000-square-foot flex building and have transformed it into the first Connecticut version of the franchise.

The facility also incorporates a modern monitoring system, Hit-Traxx, that will help batters analyze their swing, the owners said.

“I’m very happy with the way the facility ended up after construction, and I think it’s one of the best in the Northeast,” said Bunosso, who also handles daily operations of the facility.

The facility employs 15 baseball and softball instructors and a group of employees handling the front desk.

D-Bat usually operates on a membership-based model, but Bunosso said the business is open to anyone. Since opening, the duo has attracted 330 members already, drawing in Little League, travel and high school teams.

With strong support from officials, Bunosso and Szuchman said they are hoping to increase the member base to roughly 400 in the coming months.

Rina Bakalar, director of economic development for the Town of Trumbull, said she was excited to see further investment in the corporate park, adding that the addition of D-Bat has created another reason for people to visit.

“It’s terrific that we have this kind of business in our corporate park,” she said. “It will bring activity at hours where the corporate park is often quiet, so it is a nice shifting of the dynamic.”

D-Bat is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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