12/9/2013 9:43 P.M. ET
Bochy delighted by Hall of Fame manager trio
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The impending entry of Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre to the Hall of Fame thrilled Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who maintains deep admiration for each former counterpart.
"Pretty awesome, wasn't it, to have all those three at the same time," Bochy remarked Monday after the Hall of Fame's Expansion Era Committee elected the trio of skippers to the Hall. "I don't know if we'll see that again, three going in same year. I have respect for all three. It's appropriate they're all going in together. Pretty cool deal there, seeing all three [during a news conference] talking about it."
With the retirement of Detroit's Jim Leyland and the dismissal of Cincinnati's Dusty Baker, Bochy owns the longest continuous tenure among active Major League managers (19 years) and the highest victory total (1,530).
"I'm old, aren't I?" Bochy said. "It makes you think where the years went."
On a more serious subject, Bochy said he expected this week to continue the discussion of altering baseball's rules to prevent catchers from head-on collisions. Bochy's call for baserunning regulation gained momentum after Buster Posey of the Giants sustained multiple left leg injuries resulting from his May 2011 collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.
"We're supposed to get together and talk about it," Bochy said. "I think we'll have a change [in the rules] before next season."
Giants doing well with offseason conditioning
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner delivered a mostly upbeat summary regarding the conditioning efforts of various players.
Groeschner said third baseman Pablo Sandoval is "doing well" in his efforts to reach a decent playing weight. Groeschner has maintained regular contact with Sandoval.
"He keeps telling us he is [in shape]," Groeschner said of Sandoval, who's eligible for free agency after next season. "It's his time to do it."
Catcher Buster Posey's workouts include an emphasis at developing his lower body strength, which should help him better withstand the rigors of his position.
Right-hander Tim Lincecum has been working out five days a week, Groeschner said. Lincecum received approval for his regimen from strength and conditioning coach Carl Kochan, who visited the two-time Cy Young Award winner at his Seattle home.
Groeschner plans on traveling to Miami on Tuesday to check on second baseman Marco Scutaro, who underwent surgery to have a stabilizing pin removed from his left pinkie.
Right-hander Tim Hudson soon will begin throwing on flat ground but won't test his injured right foot by running until after the new year.
Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt has almost fully recovered from his sports hernia and will begin playing catch this week.
Law named to AFL's top prospects team
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Derek Law was the lone Minor Leaguer from the Giants organization to make the Arizona Fall League top prospects team, which was named Monday.
Law, 23, was one of two relievers selected for the squad, which was chosen by the league's managers and coaches.
In 11 appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Law allowed only one unearned run and eight hits while striking out 16 in a span of 12 1/3 innings. That followed a regular season in which he finished 5-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 14 saves for three affiliates, topped by Class A San Jose. In 46 games, Law struck out 102 and walked only 12 in 66 1/3 innings.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean didn't rule out Law's chances of competing for a Major League bullpen spot during Spring Training.
"He was lights-out in the Fall League," Sabean said. "You never know."