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Manny would look good in a Giants uniform

Darrell Moody

Manny Ramirez a San Francisco Giant? One can only hope that the Giants are able to land baseball’s best hitter and deal the archrival Dodgers a crippling blow.

Signing Ramirez would be the biggest news in Giants’ history since the signing of Barry Bonds. The Giants need to get out their checkbook and give Ramirez a three-year contract at $22 million a year if that’s what it takes.

The melting pot that is San Francisco would welcome Manny with open arms. The Giants have a good shot at the NL West this season, and that’s all Ramirez really wants is a shot at the post-season.

The acquisition of Ramirez would complete a decent off-season. The Giants have already brought in shortstop Edgar Renteria, who certainly will give the Giants a lot more pop offensively than anybody else the club was going to put up the middle.

An outfield of Randy Winn, Ramirez and Aaron Rowand would be pretty decent offensively; certainly competitive with most teams. All three are .300 hitters.

– Christy Works and Constance McAlman, former Carson High standouts, turned in first-place finishes in their respective heat/flight at the UW Husky Classic Saturday in Seattle.

Works finished first in her heat of the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.46, which is 11th on the school’s all-time list.

McAlman finished first in her flight of the shot put with a throw of 13.69 meters which is eighth all-time while Jalessa Jeffery took fourth in her flight (11.44m).

Works and McAlman are gearing up for the WAC Indoor Championships Feb. 26-28 at Boise State.

– When Dayton opens its post-season on Friday, the Dust Devils will be without senior forward Dakota Lee, who developed a staph infection last week and will miss the rest of the basketball season.

Lee, who has seen increased playing time this season, is currently at the Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

The whole Dayton team visited Lee on Feb. 12 and signed a basketball for him. Lee’s absence leaves the Dust Devils a little thin up front, forcing coach T.W. Cunningham to go with a smaller lineup at times.

– I thought it was a nice gesture when Dayton briefly stopped the game last Friday night so Fernley’s Jayme King could be honored for eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her four-year career.

King scored her 1,000th-point in the first quarter and finished with 28 on the night in the Vaqueros 59-56 win.

– Stadium construction on the downtown stadium that will house the Triple-A Reno Aces is going smoothly, according to team officials. It’s been a mild winter, knock on wood, and if that continues the stadium will be ready for Opening Day on April 17.

The team recently introduced two partial season ticket plans ” a 36-game package and an 18-game package ” to go with the full season-ticket plan.

“We’re always searching for effective ways to accommodate our growing fan base,” SK Baseball Managing Partner Stuart Katzoff told mlb.com. “Rolling out partial season tickets plans is another way for us to reach out to the baseball fans in Reno, Sparks and all of Northern Nevada.”

The 36-game premium plan is available for $765 per seat, while Infield Reserve packages goes for $505. The 18-game packages are $265 per seat.

The new plans are nice, but what about a weekend ticket plan? Those have become popular at the Major League level. Maybe eventually the Aces will think about that.

For more information, call the Aces at 775-334-4700.

– Contact Darrell Moody at dmoody@nevadaappeal.com, or by calling 775 881-1281