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Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #34

Old Hoss.
Old Hoss.
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34 days left, and the games start tomorrow. We'll be there before you know it. First though, we have a really strong day. Let's go.

5. Jeff Reed (1.2 WAR)

Jeff Reed was a catcher in the big leagues for 17 years, 5 of which came as the catcher for the Reds. He was mostly a part-time player for that time, especially with players like Joe Oliver here, but he made a nice contribution. He did most of his damage with Colorado.

4. Ed Heusser (8.4 WAR)

Heusser played for the Reds from 1942 to 1946. His biggest accomplishment was leading the league in ERA in '44 (2.38), but other than that, didn't do a lot of note.

3. Milt Pappas (5.8 WAR)

Pappas is known for more than his playing nowadays, but he pitched for the Reds from 1966 to 1968, and put up pretty good results in that time. Obviously, the story of how he was acquired is the notable one here, as he was the main piece of what the Reds got back for Frank Robinson in '65. Pappas had two solid seasons in the Reds rotation, but didn't come close to his All-Star season of '65, or the production the Reds could have had from Frank Robinson, either.

2. Pedro Borbon (6.1 WAR)

A product of the Angels' system, Borbon came to the Reds in 1970 and pitched for them for the duration of the 1970s. He was an anchor in the Reds' bullpen for 10 years, routinely pitching over 120 innings and racked up a total of 76 saves in his tenure. Borbon was a hammer.

1. Homer Bailey (6.0 WAR)

Really tough call, but Homer is the only player on this list the Reds ever committed $100M to. Sorry, other guys.

That WAR number is skewed by his slow start into the majors, but 5.7 of his 6.0 bWAR came in the last two seasons, which is a good sign going forward. As long as he can stay healthy, the Reds should be able to count on over 200 innings for years to come.