Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #53

#53 is a buzzkill. Let's go.

5. Reggie Sanders (-0.6 WAR)

Here's our daily installment of "successful players using large numbers for their rookie seasons". Sanders was a rookie in 1991 and hit .200/.200/.275 as a 23-year-old. He got a couple of games in August, but took over the full-time job for the last week of the season. Of course, Sanders will be back on this list at some point.

4. Rich DeLucia (0.0 WAR)

Slim pickins. Cincinnati was a brief pit stop for DeLucia, who pitched for 10 years. He was a reliever who appeared in 8 games in 1994.

3. Pedro Martinez (-0.6 WAR)

You don't remember him? He pitched for the Reds in 1996 and 1997. What? Cy Young award? No, Pedro was a reliever, only making one start in his whole career. Who are you thinking about?

2. Arthur Rhodes (1.9 WAR)

The Colossus. He pitched for a handful of teams in his career, but in 2009 and 2010, he was all ours, and he was a key cog in the first playoff bullpen in over a decade. He last pitched in 2011, where he split his season between Texas and St. Louis Loserville you know, mostly just Texas.

1. Jim Brower (2.1 WAR)

I remember Brower as a major part of my adolescence. Acquired from Cleveland (trivia question: who did we trade for Brower) in the 2000-2001 offseason, Brower kind of took a jack-of-all-trades role with the Reds in 2001. He had 10 starts and 36 bullpen appearances, he had a 3.95 ERA in his two seasons with the Reds. He's the kind of guy who isn't really remembered, but maybe should be, you know?

53 days until Opening Day. Pitchers and catchers soon.

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