Bochy appreciates Matheny's support on catcher rule

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was gratified to hear that his St. Louis counterpart, Mike Matheny, has thrown his support behind banning home-plate collisions.

Since Scott Cousins plowed into Buster Posey, who wasn't blocking the plate, on May 25, 2011, Bochy has increased the volume of his pleas to protect catchers from such plays.

Matheny didn't agree with Bochy initially. Now his views have changed.

"I do believe that this game will get to the point where there will no longer be a collision at the plate. And I am 100 percent in support of that," Matheny told reporters Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bochy, who has discussed the issue extensively with MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre, welcomed Matheny to his side.

"He certainly has a thorough understanding of what I'm talking about," Bochy said of Matheny, who like himself is a former Major League catcher. "I hope some other guys step up. That's what it's going to take to get [the rule] changed."