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Have You Seen This? Batter does the splits, strike zone shrinks accordingly

A batter for the Savannah Bananas baseball team does the splits as he waits for the opposing team to pitch the ball.

A batter for the Savannah Bananas baseball team does the splits as he waits for the opposing team to pitch the ball. (Savannah Bananas via Twitter)

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THE BALLPARK — It's no easy task to launch a baseball from the pitcher's mound all the way to where a batter awaits at home plate. Still, we usually take it for granted that the ball will follow a fairly accurate path.

Then you watch a celebrity's first pitch veer off like a crazed jackrabbit, or you see a professional athlete toss a shockingly bad pitch like this one, which my friend John Clyde highlighted last year.

Yes, it's tough being a pitcher. So imagine how much tougher it would be to see a batter pull a stunt like this:

I'm no baseball expert, but I think the strike zone in most leagues extends from just below a batter's kneecap to the midway point between their belt and their shoulders. If that's the case, then a batter who is doing the splits would reduce the strike zone considerably.

Of course, the player in this video wasn't just any batter. He plays for the Savannah Bananas, a team in Georgia known for their ridiculously choreographed dance moves and penchant for playing in kilts. They've even been known to ride horses out onto the field.

So, you have to imagine that the pitcher, catcher and umpire were all ready for shenanigans.

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Grant Olsen joined the contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”


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