Wait… Savannah Bananas? THE Savannah Bananas?

Oh yes. THE Savannah Bananas. If you haven’t heard of them by now, you clearly haven’t been paying attention.

Or maybe you just don’t follow The Three Spot on Twitter (@thethreespot) 😏

But really, check the scouting report below to get a taste of these bananas.

Oh Yeah, They’re Mascot is Absolutely YOLKED, Too.
  • “The Most Fun Team in Baseball”
  • Legendary Twitter & Instagram Feeds (@thesavbananas)
  • Always Put Fans & Entertainment FIRST
  • 2x Coastal Plain League Champions in 6 Seasons.

So yeah. They’re THE Savannah Bananas, and as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would say: They don’t want to just play the game. They want to change the way the game is played.

Seriously, check his IG, he says it a lot. It’s inspirational.

And the fact of the matter is, they really are changing the way the game of baseball is played.

They have batters on stilts.

Players announcing themselves up to bat.

And they have their own rules for their OWN game of baseball, called “Banana Ball”.

We’re talking about BASEBALL here folks..The most tradition-rich sport in the world. The Savannah Bananas flipped the whole thing on it’s’ head. They are innovators. Visionaries. Geniuses. And honestly, it’s pretty sick.

But what do the guys at The Three Spot think about their ideas? Could their “Banana Ball” innovations ever work in the big leagues?

See our thoughts and final verdicts below 👇

Courtesy of thesavannahbananas.com

Few things before you continue on:

Rule #1 – Every Inning Counts

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – NO

This rule definitely encourages offense. You have to keep putting the ball in play and put pressure on the defense, which is easier said than done. But to have the game be then decided on inning scores rather than total scores is something I don’t see MLB adopting.

Manny – YES

I agree with this mentality. Every inning does count and needs to be played as hard as any other inning because you never know when that 1 run scored or allowed is going to come back to bite you.

Chris – NO

With how MLB has been trying to shorten games over the past few years this is something I think could end up being in the conversation in years to come. Do I think it should be taken seriously? Absolutely not, as I enjoy classic baseball as do many others. I would hate this.

Rule #2 – 2-Hour Time Limit

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – YES

I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to any type of time limit on the game. I don’t believe there should be any clock on baseball. However, we’ve already seen that start to take flight in the league with pitch-clocks and such as pace of play is a big topic of discussion. I say yes with this one, but I guarantee it won’t include the tiebreaker condition (more on this later).

Manny – NO

While I understand that the attention span of individuals is changing and we are turning into a much more entertainment-first fan, a hard-stop two hour time limit does not really sit well with me. Same as men’s league Sunday ball: if I made the effort and went out there to play a baseball game, I want to play the full game. Not get cut off in the 5th inning because it’s been two hours. Some games take longer than others due to factors like scoring opportunities or just plain bad pitching. MLB has already started to take steps to shorten the game such as reducing mound visits and pitch clocks. 

Chris – YES

I think this is an idea MLB could possibly consider more-so than rule #1. You can’t put a time limit on baseball – you just have to let the guys go out there and do their thing. Nowadays the league has implemented so many rules creating a shortened version of the game, but a set-in-stone time limit? I’d hate it. This isn’t little league with $30/game umpires. However, with all the other pace-of-play initiatives MLB has tried to implement, I can see MLB implementing a rule like this one at some point.

Rule #3 – No Stepping Out

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – YES

This one brings my mind automatically to Nomar. Guy would never last with the Savannah Bananas. Again, another opportunity to tackle the pace-of-play “problem”. This one I actually kinda like and MLB has already tried something similar with the “one-foot-in” rule. Keep your guys in the box and do the damn thing.

Manny – YES

This is pretty unique but I kind of like this. Limits the “games” batters and pitchers play with each other. Get your thoughts together and be ready to take hacks once you get in the box. Too many times we have batters taking their sweet time just trying to throw the pitcher off rhythm. 

Chris – YES

Now this is an idea I can agree with. Shut the fuck up, get in the box and stay there. It’s a little contradicting to my last take but these guys take way too long stepping out of the box, taking a look into the crowd and taking a couple swings. Once you’re in that box, hurry up and get on base or go back to the bench.

Rule #4 – No Bunting

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – NO

I do agree that bunting sucks. But I also understand the importance of the bunt. Although small-ball can boring, it sets up for the more exciting offense to come. I can’t see bunting leaving the game for good, especially at the MLB level.

Manny – NO

I find this one very hard to agree with for any league. Bunting is an integral part of the game that keeps defenses on their toes and during tight pitching matchups, a W or L could come down to a well placed bunt. Huge NO for the MLB. This would just be insane and baseball purists would riot. 

Chris – NO

This is a great take for the new-age fans who watch the game and see guys strike out and hit balls 450+ Feet. But as more of an old-school style fan, I think bunting plays a huge part in baseball. Think about this: your 9-hitter is up and is 0-3 on the day but has absolute burners 🔥. You have the tying run on 3rd with 1 out. If I’m the coach: suicide squeeze 9 times out of 10. I don’t think the MLB would ever implement this into the game. Especially if my fandom means anything to them.

Rule #5 – Batters Can Steal 1st

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – YES

This one actually makes me moist. Think about seeing a pitcher spike a 50-footer. As a fan, the second that ball hits the dirt, your blood will start flowing, eyes opening wide at the sheer thought that it could be ON. Right then and there. Ball gets past, chaos ensues. MLB wants excitement, and I think this is teetering right on the border of Exciting and Crazy, and that’s fine for MLB.

Manny – NO

From an entertainment lower-tier league, this is fine and I agree with it. NO for MLB purposes. 

Chris – NO

I like this idea a lot. If you see a ball kick loose behind the dish in a stadium like the Oakland Coliseum where they have a ginormous backstop, in my head I’m seeing that and busting my ass down the line thinking of taking 2nd as well. I don’t think the MLB would go for such a ground breaking rule change, but it would be awesome.

Rule #6 – No Walks Allowed

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – NO

OK, remember that border between Exciting & Crazy I just mentioned? This one crosses the line a bit. Stealing 1st and just sprinting to one base is enough excitement. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see this in action at a Bananas game. But for MLB, running all around the bases California-Kickball-style is just a little too much.

Manny – NO

This is contradictory because if you have a two hour time limit and no walks, in theory the potential exists for an hour long half inning where the pitcher cannot throw ANYTHING near the plate and when he finally does, it gets mashed. Throw in that this league doesn’t have mound visits and you’re looking at a possible 2-inning baseball game. Not sure fans would like to see that. Gonna be a NO for me for the MLB as well. Think of how the entire course of the game would change from metrics to bullpen management. 

Chris – NO

Alright. This is just ridiculous. I choose to give no input on this garbage take. This isn’t a circus. I would sell my soul to the devil if the MLB ever put this into the rulebook. I don’t think the MLB would even allow this thought onto the drawing board.

Rule #7 – 1 on 1 Showdown Tiebreaker

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – NO

In a league that wants to market its’ stars, this could be a great opportunity. Realistically, I don’t think MLB would go for it. The only tiebreaker for me would be a Swing-Off style Homerun Derby. I think that should be the ONLY tiebreaker option. Ever.

Manny – NO

Again this is great for an entertainment-first league. Maybe the MLB could try this for the All-Star Game or something, but it’s a NO for regular everyday play.

Chris – NO

This is a cool concept. If it were to ever become an idea, I’d love to see this in a situation where we’re reaching the 14th-15th Inning. Imagine a Mets-Angels game running late into the night and we see the Mets bring in DeGrom to face Trout 1-on-1 with only one fielder and one catcher with him. Now I think that would be the showdown of a lifetime. I don’t think the MLB would ever seriously consider this, but it’s fun to think about.

Rule #8 – No Mound Visits

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – YES

I love this idea. No more 92-year old pitching coaches taking their sweet-ass time walking to the mound just to remind his guy he’s getting shelled. These are grown men. Stay in the dugout, and use your voice or something else to motivate your guy to be better. I know I’m not big on shortening the game, but this would shave some time off and please the pace-of-play higher-ups in the MLB.

Manny – NO

This one is quite funny to me because without mound visits, how would managers know how their pitcher is feeling? I guess between innings pitchers will give them a sign or something like “Hey if I take my cap off it means I need to be pulled”. It definitely wouldn’t work for the MLB but I keep running this scenario in my head and thinking how ridiculous it would be:

Chris – YES

Now with this my question is all about pitching changes. How would that work? You have your manager yelling to the umpire from the dugout and just flagging your guy off the mound from there? I think limiting mound visits to injury and pitching changes is fine or if you need to change your sequence you can do that from a distance. But none at all is a bit insane. I think the MLB would try and put something along these lines in because they love pace of play.

Rule #9 – If a Fan Catches a Foul Ball, It’s An Out

Could This Work in Major League Baseball?

Sean – NO

These guys get paid too much money and/or have too much money at stake for fans to decide their at-bats. At lower levels, this is cool and puts entertainment first. But seriously, imagine a guy who’s Pre-Arb and in a season he hits into 25 “Fan Foul Ball” outs. 500 ABs in a season, let’s say he ends up going 125/500 and hits .250. Those 25 Fan Foul Ball Outs could’ve been 25 more hits and a .300 avg at season’s end (150/500). Could be 25 homers. 25 walks. Could’ve bumped up his OPS. Instead, he now has to negotiate a contract as a .250 hitter instead of a .300 guy because of the fans, which puts him at a huge disadvantage. We can’t be doing that when we’re talking millions of dollars and guys’ livelihoods on the line.

Manny – NO

Entertainment-first league? Yes. 100% Yes. Nothing like tracking a foul ball off the bat and into the hands of an unsuspecting glizzy-holding fan for the out. NO for the MLB. This take the game out of the players’ hands and instead put it right into the fans’. Imagine it being the World Series, bases loaded, 2 outs, winning run 90 feet away and the #4 hitter pops out only to have the foul ball land in someones beer or soft drink cup. 

Chris – NO

Now this is a way to really get the fans involved. One of your guys hits a ball down the line and you just go lay someone out in the stands to keep that AB alive. Your guy at the plate would love you, but I do think this is a little bit ridiculous. I don’t think this would ever be implemented at the big league level but it definitely is a great take from a fans perspective. 


Savannah Bananas 🍌, we love you. We love you because of your vision, your pride in putting fans first, and your ability to put on an absolute show. Major League Baseball could surely learn a thing or two from you.

Don’t ever change.

Love, The Guys at The Three Spot ⚾️.

P.S. We promise to make it out to Georgia from New Jersey to see you some day.

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