MLB All Star Game: 5 Ways to Improve the Midsummer Classic

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MLB All Star Game: 5 Ways to Improve the Midsummer Classic
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The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will not be accused of being short on star power, showcasing players such as Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Matt Cain and Joey Votto. Baseball's All-Star Game has always been the greatest midseason event to show off their best.

Fans of other major sports would be hard pressed to rattle off their favorite All-Star or Pro Bowl moments.

Only baseball has a moment like Ted Williams hitting the strange "eephus" pitch off of Rip Sewell in the 1946 All-Star Game.

Show me another sport that has something similar to Pete Rose crashing into catcher Ray Fosse during the 1970 All-Star Game.

Tell me it didn't mean anything to Fred Lynn when he hit a grand slam at Old Comiskey Park during the 1983 All-Star Game.

The MLB All-Star game is just as much a part of the fabric of the game as is Opening Day, the doubleheader, and the World Series.

Baseball's All-Star game has lost its luster in recent years. While it is an exhibition game, it becomes more of an entertainment vehicle each year and has lost its competitive element.

Several factors are to blame, including commissioner Bud Selig's constant tweaks. The huge amounts of money invested into players has also taken the air out of the All-Star balloon as well. Players and teams don't want to risk injury or fatigue by playing in the All-Star Game.

With the American and National League's best players about to square off in Kansas City for the 83rd Midsummer Classic, here are five ways that baseball can improve the All-Star Game.

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