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Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #23

Late night uniform number post. We're a few days behind, as this is a huge undertaking, but I'm hoping to have it back up to snuff by the end of the week. Let's go!

Honorable mention: Greg Vaughn, Donald Lutz

5. Doug Flynn (1.4 WAR)

Now that we're about to be hearing a lot more from him, we might as well put him on this list. Flynn broke in as a 24-year-old in 1975, and played 3 seasons with Cincinnati. Luckily for him, two of those ended in championships. Flynn was basically the Wilson Valdez of those teams, playing all over the infield but not really hitting a lick. He went on to have quite a lot of success outside of Cincinnati, but was never much of a hitter.

4. Eric Tipton (8.6 WAR)

I had never heard of Eric Tipton, but Tipton played LF for the Reds throughout WWII after spending his first few seasons in the A's organization. Tipton OPS'd .819 in 1943, but was out of the league by 1945.

3. Jason LaRue (8.9 WAR)

I think we knew he was on the list, and this feels about right for the country boy. LaRue broke in with the Reds in 1999, but didn't take over as the full-time starter until 2001. He spent 5 years putting up solid numbers, over .700 OPS for all 5 of his starting seasons, including one year with a Hanigan-esque .355 OBP. You knew what you were getting with Jason LaRue. Unfortunately, his career ended badly in St. Louis, but I think he'll always be known as a Red, despite his best efforts.

2. Hal Morris (13.0 WAR)

Hal Morris played for the Reds in parts of 10 seasons, from 1990 to 2000. His 1990 season was pretty eventful, as he finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting (TRIVIA: to who?), and hit .340/.381/.498 in 336 PA. He was the Reds first baseman for the better part of the 90s, and started the tradition of Reds 1Bs being a high average position, not just a slugger's spot.

1. Lee May (15.9 WAR)

The Big Bopper! May is still a beloved figure in Cincinnati, and played here longer than he did anywhere else (7 seasons). Unlike Morris, May was a straight up slugger, hitting over 30 homers in his last 3 seasons with the team. He was also part of a pretty huge transaction, as he was traded to Houston for two of the BRM lineup stalwarts, and pitchers like Armbrister and Billingham to boot.