Scott Cousins switches to No. 6 for J.T. Snow

JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer Published:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Scott Cousins will now be wearing No. 6 for the Miami Marlins, a tribute to his favorite player growing up: former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow.

Why the switch? He wants new teammate Aaron Rowand -- another former Giant -- to keep his usual No. 33 when spring training begins. Cousins is already in Florida well ahead of the Marlins' first full-squad workout under new manager Ozzie Guillen set for Feb. 26.

Cousins spent the winter rehabbing lower back and hip injuries in San Francisco only a few miles from AT&T Park, where his home-plate collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey on May 25 cost the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year his season. Cousins' injuries were unrelated.

He says he felt it was "only appropriate" to offer Rowand No. 33 when he signed a minor league contract in December with a chance to win a job as a backup outfielder.