Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #13

Mad dash towards the start of the season!

Only three names today... because there were only 3 players to wear #13 ever. Ever.

3. Eddie Pellagrini (-0.5 WAR)

Pellagrini wore #13 in 1952, his only year with the Reds. He played 8 seasons in the big leagues and accumulated a -3.1 WAR total, which is honestly kind of impressive. He his .170 in 100 AB here, which makes you wonder how he got 100 ABs.

2. Eddie Miller (4.3 WAR)

Miller was kind of a jack-of-all-trades with his career, and that 4.3 WAR is out of the 10.7 total he had for the Reds in parts of 7 seasons. He started his career here in 1936, and was actually traded to New York for Willard Hershberger. After getting traded to Boston, he was sent back to the Reds in a deal for former list guy Eddie Joost, and played for the Reds from 1943 to 1947, the last two of which coming with #13. He made All-Star teams in 4 of those 5 years, but wasn't much of a hitter. He didn't need to be as a slick-fielding shortstop.

1. Dave Concepcion (40 WAR)

Speaking of slick-fielding shortstops, I'm not sure Davey will ever be topped in Reds-land. He broke into the team in 1970 as a 21-year-old, and played for the team until his retirement in 1988.

The numbers are pretty staggering. 5 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Slugger awards, 9 All-Star teams, and 2 World Series rings. It's no wonder that the Reds retired his number in 2007.

Concepcion paved the way for Venezuelan baseball players, and is still a notable influence for Venezuelans breaking into the league even today.

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