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Fixing the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby

by Ryan Isley

As Monday evening came along, I turned on ESPN just in time to hear Chris Berman’s voice announcing the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby. Immediately, I tuned it out.

As the evening wore on and I found myself actually enjoying the celebrity softball game more than the Home Run Derby, I decided that we needed a change in how All-Star Monday is handled – especially the Home Run Derby.

The first change?  Berman would never be back (back, back, back). Not only has he grown to agitate almost everyone I have spoken with, but his references are older than the players he is using them to describe.

I actually enjoy John Kruk and Nomar Garciaparra on the set, so they would stay. Replacing Berman? That would be the highly underrated Joe Tessitore, as I think Tessitore is the one of the best announcers that is employed by ESPN and is versatile enough to handle the Home Run Derby.

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