2011 MLB All-Star Game: 5 Tweaks to Improve the Quality of the All-Star Break

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2011 MLB All-Star Game: 5 Tweaks to Improve the Quality of the All-Star Break
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The 82nd edition of the Midsummer Classic is nearly upon us.

There is a whole lot of excitement that awaits fans when we hear the "Back, Back, Back" calls from Chris Berman in the Home Run Derby, see if the National League can get back-to-back All-Star game victories for the first time since 1996 and watch the future of MLB in the Futures Game.

All this encompasses what can be called the best week in baseball, right up there with Opening Week and maybe the World Series.

The MLB All-Star Break rivals the NBA's version of the All-Star break with their Rookies and Sophomores game (akin to the Futures Game) and the Slam Dunk contest (akin to the Home Run Derby), but baseball still has room for improvement in making this week a bigger event, capitalizing on where the All-Star game is held and utilizing the off time that can help front offices focus better when it comes down to other things.

Here are five tweaks MLB should look into to improve the All-Star break. 

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