Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 2/19/12
Knowing Scott Cousins, he would have given up his number 33 to Aaron Rowand even if No. 6 wasn’t available. Yet Rowand’s arrival as a Miami Marlins non-roster free agent presented Cousins a chance to recognize one of his childhood heros. Cousins this season will wear 6 in honor of J.T. Snow, his favorite player growing up. A native of Reno, Nev., Cousins was a Giants fan and later played for the University of San Francisco. He still makes his offseason home in northern California. Last May, Cousins became persona non grata in the Bay area after a home plate collision with Buster Posey. It ended the reigning National League Rookie of the Year’s season and Cousins got hammered from Giants general manager Brian Sabean on down. Cousins’ fortunes took a nosedive as well. A bulging disk in his back ended his season in June. Baseball America still ranks Cousins the ninth-best prospect in the Marlins’ system. Now 27, Cousins will compete with Bryan Petersen, Chris Coghlan, Rowand and fellow...
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