MLB legend Kevin Millar says he's optimistic about pace-of-game rule changes

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. 

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"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."

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21 Feb 1998: Kevin Millar of the Florida Marlins at Spring Training at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Craig Melvin /Allsport
STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN EWING -- Monday, May 12, 1997 -- Kevin Millar is greeted in the Sea Dog dugout after hitting a 2 run homer against the Bowie BaySox 5/12/97 (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Staff photo Photo by John Ewing; 03/20/03; Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA- AUGUST 24: First baseman Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox readies for the pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners on August 24, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Mariners 6-1. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 14: Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox warms up before Game 5 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees on October 14, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: The new, talkative, media friendly Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, right, was on display, as he cracks up while sitting down with teammate Kevin Millar, left, for an interview with Boston's Channel 7 prior to game three of the Red Sox-Yankees series last Sunday at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 25: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) high-fives Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox after Millar hit a solo home run to give the Red Sox a 7-2 lead over the New York Yankees in the fifth inning July 25, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Mike Timlin #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammate Kevin Millar #15 after defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 to win game seven of the American League Championship Series on October 20, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the Championship trophy in the locker room after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to win game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 30: Kevin Millar applauds the fans on from a duck boat on Boylston Street near Fenway Park during a rolling rally parade to celebrate the Boston Red Sox's World Series win. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 18: Kevin Millar of the Boston Red Sox bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on May 18, 2005 in Oakland, California. The A's defeated the Red Sox 13-6. (Photo by Brad Mangin /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kevin Millar of the Boston Red Sox warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on August 25, 2005. The Royals won 7-4. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - APRIL 3: Kevin Millar # 15 of the Baltimore Orioles blows a bubble as he awaits the play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Opening Day on April 3, 2006, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. The Orioles won 9-6.(Photo By Nick Wass/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE- APRIL 22: Kevin Millar #15 of the Baltimore Orioles bats against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards April 22, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 21: Former Boston Red Sox Kevin Millar shakes hands with Doug Mirabelli #28 before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Seven of the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 21, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Kevin Millar #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex on February 23, 2009 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 1: Kevin Millar #15 of the Baltimore Orioles chats with Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox before a game at Fenway Park on September 1, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - MARCH 04: Kevin Millar #15 of the Chicago Cubs in the dugout during the MLB spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park on March 4, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. The Cubs defeated the A's 9-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Former Red Sox player Kevin Millar (R) chats with Mike Lowell #25 of the Boston Red Sox before the start of a game against the Kansas City Royals on May 27, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prior to the game' the Red Sox honored the 2004 World Championship team in a ceremony. In the ninth inning, the old video of Kevin Millar doing his best Bruce Springsteen was shown on the scoreboard, and Millar, who was sitting in a luxury box along thew first base line, reacted to the cheers of the crowd. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays in an MLB regular season game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 24: Former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, left, and Pedro Martinez joined David Ortiz #34 during a ceremony honoring members of the 2004 championship team on September 25, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 23: Kevin Millar, at right, member of the Red Sox 2004 World Champions, talks with Sox personnel before the game. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park for Game One of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, Oct. 23, 2013. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0025 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former baseball players Sean Casey and Kevin Millar during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 31, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Former professional baseball player Kevin Millar attends a Red Sox charity event to benefit The Jimmy Fund, Children's Hospital LA's Cancer Researchers & G1VE A BUCK Fund at The Garage on Motor on January 16, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for M4PR)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Millar and pitcher Pedro Martinez react with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox during an honorary retirement ceremony in his final regular season game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays on October 2, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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Pace-of-play rule changes for the 2018 MLB season include a timer clock for pitching changes and between-inning breaks, as well as a limit to the number of times a team can visit the pitcher's mound per game. The mound visits, in particular, have been a point of contention for players. 

As a former infielder, most notably with the Boston Red Sox from 2003-2005, Millar can relate to active players' frustration with the limitations. 

"You understand it when you're Brian McCann for the Astros, as an example, and you feel like someone is picking up your signs," he said. "You need to go change them and you're in the middle of trying to win a baseball game."

"But, from a fan side of it, you know there's got to be a speed-up process."

In addition to the rules implemented by the majors, Minor League Baseball will be utilizing a pitch clock and altering the play of extra innings in an effort to speed up the games. If those changes are successful, those rules may be making their way to MLB ballparks in the future. 

"I think you put these rules in play, whether you like them or not, and see how it goes," Millar said. "If they're not good, make adjustments." 

"You never know, it might be beneficial and we won't have to sit there and watch catchers go to the mound 15 times an inning." 

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