Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #3

Finally back on track? Say it ain't so!

Honorable mention: Ken Griffey Jr. (yep), Cesar Izturis, Willy Taveras

5. Estel Crabtree (1.8 WAR)

Crabtree was an outfielder for the Reds, wearing the number in 1932, 1943, and 1944. Oddly enough, he was born in Crabtree, OH. He was average for the Reds, but went to St. Louis and was pretty good there, which angers me a bit.

4. "Sunny" Jim Bottomley (1.9 WAR)

He was another longtime Cardinal, but Bottomley was actually a pretty good player, taking home NL MVP honors in 1928. He wore #3 for one year here, 1933, which was his best year here.

3. Alex Kampouris (2.7 WAR)

Kampouris was a Red from 1934 to 1938, but wore #3 from 1935 to 1937. He was a second baseman, starting the majority of the games in all 3 of those years.

2. D'Angelo Jimenez (5.6 WAR)

This surprised me a bit, but Jimenez was pretty damn efficient when he was on the team from 2003 to 2005. He hit .290/.365/.421 in his first season here, earning himself a starting spot in 2004. He wasn't too bad, but isn't really remembered due to the era he played in.

1. Pokey Reese (4.5 WAR)

Pokey broke in with the team in 1997, and was a Red until 2001. He played primarily at 2B and SS in those years, known more as a speedster kind of leadoff hitter than an on-base one. That was probably his downfall, but he stole 144 bases as a Red, which is not even close to the top of the Reds lists. Trivia: who is the Reds all time stolen base leader?

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