Piniella to throw first pitch at Reds' Opening Day

Former slugger Vaughn to serve as honorary captain

Piniella to throw first pitch at Reds' Opening Day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds announced Wednesday that former manager Lou Piniella has been tapped to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Piniella was announced last month as the grand marshal for the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

The 72-year-old Piniella was Reds manager from 1990-92, and he led the club to the World Series title wire to wire in his first season. In his three seasons with Cincinnati, he was 255-230.

Cincinnati will host its 140th Opening Day on Monday against the Phillies. Raisel Iglesias will pitch against Jeremy Hellickson. Gates open at Great American Ball Park at 2:10 p.m. ET for the 4:10 p.m. game.

Also part of the festivities, former Reds left fielder Greg Vaughn will serve as the game's honorary captain. Vaughn was part of the 1999 Reds club that missed out in the postseason by losing a Game 163 tiebreaker vs. the Mets.

Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky., will sing the national anthem. VanHoose sang the national anthem for Opening Day 2015 as well as the 2015 Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.