SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Mays, who turned 81 on Sunday, remains an important part of the Giants' organization.
"When you look at Willie Mays you see Giants baseball," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's the greatest player in the game; right up there with the best of them."
Mays and fellow Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda are constant visitors at AT&T Park and will hold impromptu sessions with current players.
"Willie is special to this organization and to the players," Bochy said. "He's here all the time and he's always in Spring Training. To have that for the players does a lot."
Bochy said he has gotten to know Mays a lot better since taking over as the Giants' manager, and he appreciates anything Mays can add.
"It's amazing how much he follows us," Bochy said. "He knows the struggles we're going through and he's really into the club, not just this year but every year. He'll say things. He tries to keep it simple for the players."