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2 former Cincinnati Reds pitchers to lead annual parade

March 9, 2018

File-This Feb. 19, 2005, file photo shows Cincinnati Reds closer Danny Graves laughing during practice at training camp in Sarasota, Fla. Reds team all-time saves leader Graves and six-season veteran Sam LeCure were named Friday, March 9, 2018, to serve as grand marshals of the 99th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on April 2. The market’s merchants decided against doing the parade on March 29, when Major League Baseball begins its season and the Reds host the Washington Nationals. They cited conflicts with their Easter weekend business. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two former Cincinnati Reds pitchers-turned-broadcasters will lead this year’s Opening Day parade — which won’t actually be on Opening Day.

Reds team all-time saves leader Danny Graves and six-season veteran Sam LeCure were named Friday to serve as grand marshals of the 99th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on April 2. The market’s merchants decided against doing the parade on March 29, when Major League Baseball begins its season and the Reds host the Washington Nationals. They cited conflicts with their Easter weekend business.

The parade is a colorful mixture of floats, marching bands, celebrities and politicians.

The Reds announced recently that Graves and LeCure will join former Reds Jeff Brantley and Doug Flynn as color commentators for lead broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Jim Day.

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