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‘Nasty Boys’ to lead Reds’ Opening Day parade |

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Reds winning the 1990 World Series over the A’s….   the “Nasty Boys” trio of Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers will serve as grand marshals of the 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

— ‘Nasty Boys’ to lead Reds’ Opening Day parade |

Randy Myers is probably best remembered as one third of this Cincinnati trio, but he started his career with the New York Mets and shared closing duties with Roger McDowell on the 1988 National League East pennant-winning team.

This would be a fun year to go experience Cincinnati’s famed Opening Day festivities. They’ve also got a pretty nifty triple bobblehead giveaway planned in April.

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48 days until spring (training)

We’re 48 days away from the date that New York Mets pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie for spring training.

signed Aaron Heilman 2004 Topps Total card from my collection

Original Mets coach Red Kress was the first to wear #48, and pitcher Pat Misch was the last. In between, it’s been primarily the province of relief pitchers, with the occasional coach or starter donning it from time to time. While Randy Myers was the best player to wear #48 for the New York Mets, I will always associate it with Aaron Heilman, who wore it the longest. (Good luck whereever you end up playing in 2012, Aaron -unless you get to pitch against the Mets.)

In other news and notes, R.A. Dickey is planning to leave for Mt. Kilimanjaro today. To learn more about Dickey’s fundraising endeavor or make a donation, click here.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is expected to finalize the hiring of former New York Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, who would fill the minor league pitching coordinator position but likely have additional responsibilities.

Beyond the Box Score takes a look at Carlos Beltran‘s recent two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and compares it with the contracts received by other $100 million players after their original mega-deal expired. Surprise, surprise – except for Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols, no one got a second 9-figure pact.

Have you ever gotten a pair of game-used batting gloves from a player? Wondered how to display them? William shared his day-off project to display a pair batting gloves worn by Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold at Foul Bunt.

And at Crackin’ Wax, Christopher is looking to start a baseball card bingo game.