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Opening Day Countdown: Quintessential Red #21

Two today!

Honorable mention: Scott Hatteberg, Peanuts Lowery, Paul Householder, Deion Sanders, 4th Outfielder Chris Dickerson

5. Mike Lum (0.3 WAR)

The original Flyin' Hawaiian, Lum started his career in Atlanta before moving to the Reds in 1976. He was mostly a reserve outfielder here, but was part of the '76 championship team. Lum leads all players born in Hawaii in games played; who are the rest of the top 10? Name as many as you can.

4. Tom Hall (0.9 WAR)

Hall also has a ring, with the other BRM team. He played for the Reds from 1972 to 1975. He only pitched 2 innings for the WS winner, but was a solid bullpen piece for the rest of his time in Cincinnati. His 1972 season was extremely impressive, going 10-1 with a 2.61 ERA.

3. Todd Frazier (5.6 WAR)

Fraze is already the third most quintessential Red to wear #21, after his second full season. A .829 OPS in his rookie season helped. He's got a long way to go, though.

2. Paul O'Neill (12.2 WAR)

Really tough call here, as both O'Neill and the man who tops our list could easily get this honor. O'Neill played for the Reds from 1985 to 1992, and included a ring in his tenure as well. He made 1 All-Star team here, and was an above average hitter as the Reds' starting right fielder for the better part of a decade. He'd go on to be a quintessential Yankee.

1. Sean Casey (16.6 WAR)

The Mayor was #21 when I was growing up, and it's hard to imagine anyone else taking that honor now. Case was brought over in 1998 and played for the Reds until 2005, most of that coming as the starting 1B. He made 3 All-Star teams, got on base a ton, and talked off every ear he could over at first. He's now an analyst and occasional radio/TV guy, which is where he belongs at this point.

Even now, Sean Casey is still The Mayor, and for that, he's our quintessential #21.