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A long quiet history of the Tejano baseball leagues is starting to raise its voice. In the early 1900s, baseball in south Texas was a big deal. The Brownsville Tigers, the Mission 30-30s, the San Antonio Bears and many, many more were playing all across the region to healthy crowd sizes of well dressed fans. Some of these teams dated back to the 1800s.

Speeding Up The Game Of Baseball

Mar 3, 2015

Major League Baseball’s spring training games are underway in Florida and Arizona – and clocks are ticking. After last season’s average game lasted a record 3 hours and 2 minutes, the push is on to speed things up.

Doug Tribou of NPR’s Only A Game joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to explain how the league plans to do that, and how the players are reacting.

Concerned by game times that have bloated beyond three hours, Major League Baseball is putting baseball on a diet for the 2015 season. In upcoming games, timers will regulate the pause between innings, and hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box nearly all the time.

Just as he prepares to return after a one-season suspension, Major League Baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez is saying he is sorry.

"I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season," Rodriguez says in a handwritten letter. "I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I'm sorry."

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