Masters 2014: Hang Up and Listen on Bubba Watson’s victory in Augusta, Tommy John surgery, and football in China.

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Slate’s sports podcast on the Masters, baseball’s Tommy John surgery epidemic, and football in China.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Johnette Howard discuss Bubba Watson’s victory at the Masters and whether golf and Augusta can become more inclusive in the face of dwindling participation. They also talk about the alarming rate of Tommy John surgeries in Major League Baseball, and why the sport has yet to figure out how to keep pitchers healthy. Finally, they are joined by New Republic staff writer Christopher Beam to discuss his year following an amateur football team in China.

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Hang Up and Listen’s Steve Dalkowskis:

Mike’s Dalkowski: castigating the scurrilous anonymous executive who criticizes NFL draft prospects, lamenting the headline echo chamber he begets, and encouraging reporters to refuse to play along or at least provide context.

Johnette’s Dalkowski: praising the Spurs’ defiantly boring success.

Josh’s Dalkowski: South Africa’s response to an apartheid-era ban from international competitions: creating a racist sports competition to call its own.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.

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Johnette Howard is a columnist for and and the author of The Rivals. Follow her on Twitter.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.