Baseball's spring training used to be taken as a sign of spring, but it sounds more like ka-ching these days. Host Scott Simon speaks with Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and former pitcher for the New York Yankees, about spring training past and present.
A National Football League investigation revealed Friday that the New Orleans Saints had a "bounty" program to pay bonuses for putting game-ending hits on opposing players. Host Scott Simon reports the NFL has yet to announce any penalties.
For Major League Soccer, spring training has meant playing exhibition games all over the continent. Until now. The league now wants to emulate baseball — and that's delighting fans in Tucson, Ariz., a city that Major League Baseball left behind.
Major League Baseball will add two more wild-card teams to the playoffs starting this fall. It's the first playoff expansion since 1995, and it will create a wild card play-in game between the two teams with the best records that didn't win their divisions. For the first time, a third-place team could win the World Series.
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