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Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #33

Late night due to the game today.

5. Ed Armbrister (0.0 WAR)

Armbrister came off the bench for the Reds from 1973 to 1977, picking up some serious hardware in the process. His story is an interesting one, though, as he came to the Reds in the same deal that brought us Joe Morgan. He's also the first Reds to be born in the Bahamas, a place where he returned to after he retired.

4. Josh Hamilton (2.6 WAR)

Only had one season with the Reds, but it was a memorable one for sure. The Reds got Hamilton in the Rule 5 draft and gave him a shot when no one else did, really. He'd go on to be the AL MVP in Texas, and get a huge deal to play for the Angels. You know the rest.

3. Ted Abernathy (9.0 WAR)

Abernathy only played for the Reds for two seasons, but had two of the best years of his long career here. His 1967 was spent as the Reds' closer, putting up a 1.27 ERA in a league-leading 70 games with a league-leading 28 saves. That's one of the most dominant Reds relief seasons of all time. His '68 wasn't bad either.

2. Ron Robinson (5.7 WAR)

The True Creature pitched for the Reds from 1984 to 1990, switching between starting and relief. He started most of his later games here, but probably had better stuff as a reliever. His '86 season saw him strike out 117 batters, the most in his career. He was traded in the 1990 season for Glenn Braggs and Billy Bates, and the rest is history.

1. Johnny Vander Meer (23.0 WAR)

JVM spent 11 seasons with the Reds, many of them absolutely dominant. He led the league in strikeouts 3 times, made 4 All-Star teams, and of course, threw 2 no-hitters. That's what he's known for most today.

Trivia: which teams did Vander Meer throw his no hitters against?