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The Crazy Baseball Team That Lets Fans Catch Foul Balls for Outs

Baseball games take too long. I’m not saying anything radical here—even baseball agrees with me! With too many nine-inning contests snoozing past the three-hour mark, Major League Baseball continues to tinker with pace-of-play alterations there are minor league clubs experimenting with 15-second pitch clocks and other tweaks to accelerate the game and spice up the action. 

Everything helps. But none of it is “Banana Ball.”

“Banana Ball”—as newly practiced by the Savannah Bananas, an eccentric baseball outfit in the coastal Georgia city—isn’t a timid update of the staid summer game. It’s the kind of heresy that makes baseball traditionalists scream in their scratchy wool jerseys.

In other words: You may love “Banana Ball,” but you might also really hate it. Here are just a couple of rules:

No batter can step out of the batter’s box. Lock it up. Stay in there. No long, lingering batting glove and helmet adjustments. If a batter steps out, it’s a called streeeee-rike! 

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