It’s boring. It takes too long. Baseball fans are used to hearing the complaints.
Unfortunately, the naysayers have a point. In 2017, MLB games rose to a record-high length of three hours and five minutes. When compared to the duration of NBA and NHL games, which average between two and two-and-a-half hours, baseball games seem tedious.
Major League Baseball is acutely aware of the problem and has been steadily implementing new rules over the past several seasons to speed up the pace of the game.
“It’s always hard for us to make adjustments because we get used to one way,” Kevin Millar, 2004 World Series champion and current MLB Network analyst, told AOL.com on behalf of Budweiser. “The question is, what exactly is going to speed up a game? We don’t know.”