The Louisville Bats are an American minor league professional baseball franchise based in Louisville, Kentucky. The Bats are the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team, formerly known as the Louisville RiverBats, plays in the International League.
The Bats play their home games at Louisville Slugger Field; the naming rights for the stadium were purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
The team’s attendance was about 685,000 in the first season of Louisville Slugger Field and 663,961 the following year. Traditionally one of the top-drawing minor league teams, the Bats’ attendance in 2011 was second of all minor league teams with an average of 8,716 per game.