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Snow to retire as a Giant

SAN FRANCISCO — J.T. Snow signed a one-day deal with San Francisco on Wednesday so he can retire as a member of the Giants after all.

Snow, a special assistant and broadcaster for the club who last played for Boston in 2006, will be activated for Saturday night’s game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers so the former first baseman and fan favorite can be honored for his nine seasons with the franchise from 1997-2005. He likely will take the field early and make his exit before the first pitch is even thrown, general manager Brian Sabean said.

"I was shocked. I was surprised," Snow said of the Giants’ gesture. "I always wanted to play until I’m 40. I wanted to retire as a Giant. This is where I grew up as a player. I really appreciate it. This organization does things with a lot of class. It’s a nice honor."

The 40-year-old Snow, a six-time Gold Glove winner, announced his retirement in December 2006 after a 15-year major league career.

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