09/24/08 11:37 PM ET
Giants sign Snow to one-day contract
First baseman will take field on Saturday prior to first pitch
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"This is probably the more respectful way to do it," Sabean said.Merely trotting on and off the field will suffice for Snow.
"It's exciting for me," said Snow, 40, who Sabean drafted in 1989 during his tenure as the New York Yankees' scouting director. "This is where I grew up as a player. ... This is going to be a fun day."Sabean said that he began thinking about unretiring Snow last year, although this season was a more suitable time to execute the plan, since the Giants are observing the 50th anniversary of their inaugural campaign in San Francisco. Sabean finally approached Snow with the idea earlier this month. "I was shocked; I was surprised," Snow said. "It's a neat feeling." Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner who hit .268 with 189 home runs and 877 RBIs in 15 seasons with the Yankees, Angels, Giants and Red Sox, ranks among the Giants' San Francisco-era top 15 in batting average (12th, .273), games (seventh, 1,182), at-bats (12th, 3,822), runs (12th, 561), hits (11th, 1,043), doubles (eighth, 228), home runs (14th, 124), RBIs (eighth, 615) and walks (fifth, 565). Snow and right-hander Mike Krukow are the only two-time recipients of the "Willie Mac Award," given annually to the Giants' most inspirational player. Snow won it in 1997 and 2004.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.