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Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #32

Still got it.
Still got it.
Andy Lyons

#32 has a pretty storied history for the Reds.

5. Frank Smith (7.3 WAR)

Smith had a pretty nondescript career as a reliever for the Reds, but still managed to contribute some good seasons from 1950 to 1956. He was a closer in the Redlegs era, and saved 20 games in 1954.

4. Danny Graves (6.7 WAR)

Gravy is 4th on the list for #32, but he'd have easily led if he had a less popular number. He played for the Reds for 9 seasons, and was at best a great closer and worst a pretty crappy starting pitcher for that one year. He made the All-Star twice, with his best season coming in 2000, where he put up a 2.56 ERA and saved 30 games. He left on not-so-good terms, but has been back for alumni events and stuff like that.

3. Fred Norman (13.4 WAR)

Norman played for a lot of teams in his career, but his stint with the Reds was by far his best. He was traded to the Reds from San Diego in 1973 (trivia: who for?) and was a solid starter for them from until 1979, where he elected free agency. Yet another underrated player from the BRM pitching staff, if we're keeping track.

2. Jay Bruce (15.8 WAR)

This is where Jay is right now, and might be at the top of the list if this didn't exist.

1. Tom Browning (19.9 WAR)

Browning pitched for the Reds from 1984 to 1994, only spending his final year with another team. A Red through and through, and was a workhorse starter for the better part of a decade. He led the league in games started in 4 years, and made the All-Star team in 1991, but his best season was probably 1985. He finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year, with a 20-9 record and a 3.55 ERA. He's still in the Reds organization as a coach.