Manager Bruce Bochy said at FanFest that he heard that major-league executive Joe Torre might have softened his opposition to rules changes that would protect catchers from the type of collision that seriously injured Buster Posey in 2011. Bochy heard wrong. "My stance has really never changed," Torre said Monday. "I've always said I'm willing to listen and I'm willing to talk. If something makes sense, we'll certainly take it seriously. "If something is going to make the game safer and not affect the way the game is played, I'm certainly all for it. Up until now, I really haven't heard that thing that would make us change." However, Torre said he plans to visit Bochy while in Arizona to manage the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also wants to discuss the matter with Torre. Bochy - like Torre and Matheny, a former catcher - has argued for a rule that prevents runners from going after catchers who are not blocking the plate, similar to the restriction against runners going out of the baseline to topple a fielder at second base. On another matter, Torre said that though he ordinarily does not like playing matchups, Ryan Vogelsong's experience in Japan might be a factor in deciding which pitcher he would start if Team USA faces Japan in the WBC. Japan won the first two tournaments in 2006 and 2009.
Torre willing to discuss catcher safety
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 19