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New spin on hitting: A machete and a banana

It's also a phenomenal way to prepare a snack
@CF_Larue
March 13, 2020

With Spring Training suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's clear that we're going to be without baseball for some length of time. There are obvious ways to sate our cravings for baseball during that period of time -- MLB The Show, watching old games, playing baseball board games. They

With Spring Training suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's clear that we're going to be without baseball for some length of time. There are obvious ways to sate our cravings for baseball during that period of time -- MLB The Show, watching old games, playing baseball board games. They may not be as good as the real thing, but you have to take what you can get during times like these.

That, apparently, includes utilizing alternate equipment for the playing of baseball. Gone is the tyranny of the bat and ball: The machete and banana are here to show us there is another way, thanks to former Major Leaguer Jeff Frye.

Not only does this drill give a clear indication of launch angle, it also provides a perfectly cut banana. That's perfect for sharing with a loved one for a healthy afternoon snack.

This may not have been the baseball we imagined we'd be getting when pitchers and catchers reported in February, but it's the baseball we find ourselves with. On further reflection, it's still pretty good -- and potentially quite nutritious.

Eric Chesterton is a writer for MLB.com. He is an appreciator of the stolen base, the bunt against the shift and nearly every unconventional uniform design. He eagerly awaits Jamie Moyer's inevitable comeback.