MLB All Star Weekend: 5 Ways to Improve the Home Run Derby

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MLB All Star Weekend: 5 Ways to Improve the Home Run Derby
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Monday night’s MLB All-Star Home Run Derby was one of the best I’ve ever seen baseball put on. 

The infusion of young stars mixed with a few old faces gave the event a fresh look and feel. As much as it hurts this Red Sox fan to say, it made me smile to see Robinson Cano, a Yankee, out-slug Adrian Gonzalez. 

Sure, I would have rather seen Gonzalez take the crown, but it was still just as enjoyable to see one of the game’s young superstars have such a genuinely great time smashing homers on the big stage. 

The event was also more intriguing because of the new wrinkle that MLB put in place this year. 

They had two of the best sluggers in each league serve as team captains. The idea was gimmicky for sure, but isn’t that exactly what the Home Run Derby is? 

So I say let’s not stop there, let’s keep the fun gimmicks coming. Here are five new changes to the show that MLB should add next year.

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