The Savannah Bananas, a member of the Coastal Plain League since 2016, are a summer league wood-bat baseball team that plays in Savannah, Ga. The Coastal Plain League operates by putting some of the top college baseball players from around the nation on the field in a league where they are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility. The league has been in existence since 1997 and allows players who are looking to eventually move on to professional baseball a chance to experience many of the facets of pro baseball. The teams play with wooden bats instead of aluminum bats like the NCAA uses and goes on overnight road trips as they play other teams in the league. The Coastal Plain league, currently made up by 15 teams, has seen MLB players like Justin Verlander and Kevin Youkilis pass through on their way to the Majors. The Savannah Bananas have been a part of the league since 2016 and have made the postseason every year since inception. Get your tickets today to see the Savannah Bananas at StubHub.
Who is the manager of the Savannah Bananas?
Tyler Gillum will enter his third season as the manager of the Savannah Bananas in 2020. Gillum replaced former manager, Sean West who guided the Bananas to two postseason appearances in two seasons, including winning the 2016 Coastal Plain League Championship. In addition to his duties in Savannah, Gillum is also the infield coach and third base coach for South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, where he also serves as the program's health and wellness coordinator. He has been with South Mountain for seven seasons in some capacity. Coach Gillum has been a part of summer league collegiate baseball since 2012 when he was with the South Shore Eagles of the Myrtle Beach Summer Collegiate League before serving as an assistant with the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League. During his time with the Bombers, the team posted a 138-31 record and won three TCL titles.
Who are some notable players that have played for the Savannah Bananas?
In 2019, 10 former Savannah Banana players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Among those 10 were former Bananas' stars such as Brett Wiseley, Cade Marlowe, Clay Dungan, Utah Jones and Braden Shewmake, who was selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Braves.
Where do the Savannah Bananas play their home games?
Grayson Stadium, originally constructed in 1926, is the home of the Savannah Bananas. The stadium underwent a massive renovation project in 1941 after a hurricane essentially destroyed the ballpark. The 4,000-seat Grayson Stadium has a long history of Minor League Baseball tenants but was left vacant in 2015 when the New York Mets relocated their Single-A affiliate to Columbia, S.C. Over the course of Grayson Stadium's long history, Major League Baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Jackie Robinson have taken the field in Savannah. Concessions at Grayson Stadium range from typical ballpark fares to more banana-themed options such as frozen chocolate bananas and a specialty banana liqueur drink called the "Slipper Banana." The stadium holds to its traditional feel down to the manually operated scoreboard that is changed by hand during the game.
Do the Savannah Bananas have any rivals?
Not only do the Savannah Bananas battle the Macon Bacon for South Division supremacy in the Coastal Plain League, but the two teams also fight for bragging rights within the Peach State. You can find out when the Savannah Bananas host the Macon Bacon by checking StubHub.
Where can I buy Savannah Bananas tickets?
Baseball fans can grab their tickets to see the Savannah Bananas and the rest of the Coastal Plain League at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.Back to Top
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