Fans First Entertainment
We are not like your typical baseball team. We are different. We take chances. We toe the line. We test the rules. We challenge the way things are suppose to be.
We think there’s a better way to do almost everything. So we will try it all. Some people may think we’re crazy. But we are okay with that. No matter what, we just want to have fun. We are driven by this goal to make baseball fun. And ultimately give fans the best possible experience at our ballpark. We call this Fans First.
The mission of Fans First. Entertain Always. guides us in everything we do.
So far it has worked. And we are just getting started.
We launched the Savannah Bananas on February 25, 2016. Immediately, we received national recognition. Trending on Twitter, shoutouts on Sportscenter, Good Morning America all came within the first 24 hours.
Bananas merchandise sold to all 50 states. Not to mention 6 countries.
Later, we gained more national news when our President found an abandoned puppy left at our ballpark. He and his wife took her in and Daisy became the Bananas bat dog and our most popular staff member.
Fast forward to the season and the storybook year continued. We broke the stadium attendance record as 18 of the 25 games sold out. The team, led by Head Coach Sean West took the league by storm and won the Coastal Plain League Championship.
Other awards would follow such as Organization of the Year, Executives of the Year and Sports Event of the Year.
More than anything, we became a part of the community. We made a difference. And that’s what makes us most proud.
The Bananas story has just begun. We are ready for the next chapter. And we are ready for you to join us.
Just buckle up. It’s going to be a crazy ride.
Coastal Plain League
The Savannah Bananas are a member of the Coastal Plain League, consisting of 16 teams throughout North and South Carolina featuring the top college players from around the country. The Coastal Plain League has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The Coastal Plain League is considered one of the top prospect leagues for professional players in the country along with the Northwoods League and Cape Cod League.
Click here to read more about the Coastal Plain League.
Players can be drafted by professional teams once they graduate from high school. Those that choose to enroll in a four year university then cannot be drafted again until they turn 21 years old. Our players are those playing at major colleges such as University of Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia Southern, Lander University, Wofford College, along with many others. Players on our roster have been recommended to our team by scouts and college coaches wishing to see those players compete against top-notch competition.
More than 1,200 players from the Coastal Plain League have been drafted in to professional baseball and 80 alums have already made it to the major leagues with more than 600 still in the minor league baseball system.
- Coastal Plain League alumni in the Major Leagues includes
- 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander
- Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman
- Former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis
- NFL Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Living Vine, Armstrong Students for Veterans, Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, Coastal Jail Ministries, The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, Cory Joseph Memorial Inc, Ronald McDonald House Charities, 100 Black Men of Savannah, Safe Shelter, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Savannah Tree Foundation, TailsSpin Cares, Horsin’ Around, Coastal Center for Developmental Services, LIFE Inc, Friends of Oatland Wildlife Center, Savannah Parrot head Club, Goodwill, Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia, March of Dimes, Economic Opportunity Authority, Step Up Savannah, Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, National Movement Alliance, Build A Bridge Foundation, Low Country Down Syndrome Society, Park Place Outreach, American Cancer Society, Savannah Children’s Choir, Hospice Savannah, Teal Walk for Ovarian Cancer, The Dream Campaign, May Institute, Senior Citizens Inc, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Special Kicks, Camp Sunshine, Handcuffed to my Hero, Jenkins Boys Club, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Georgia Animal Rescue and Defense, Savannah Kennel Club, Savannah PRIDE, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Mary Kay Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, AMBUCS, Shelter from the Rain Inc, Josh Reddick Foundation, and Make A Wish Georgia.