Aaron Judge needs to participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby on July 10th at Marlins Park. Don’t tell me Home Run Derbies mess up the hitters’ swing, because I don’t buy it. It’s nothing more than a batting practice session and the 6-7, 282 pound Judge takes batting practice every day and nobody wants to miss it. Bottom line: It’s a win-win. More national exposure for Judge and the Yankees and it’s an instant ratings increase for MLB.

In other sports, all-star break competitions suffer from the biggest stars not participating. The obvious example, of course, is the NBA's dunk contest. With the exception of Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon bringing recent excitement, they aren't the household names of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, two players who we never got to watch in the dunk contest. With the home run derby in Miami, who wouldn't be glued to a matchup between the host team's Giancarlo Stanton and perhaps the best slugger in the game today, Aaron Judge?

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