Originally Posted by TeamBoone
OK then, why would #22 not be available in Cincinnati?
He came up with Cleveland in 1997 wearing #52. #22 was being worn by Brian Giles at the time.
When he came to Cincinnati in 1998, #22 was being worn by Jon Nunnally, an outfielder who came over to the Reds in '97 from KC.
As he had not yet been elected Mayor, he likely lacked the leverage to get a "seasoned major leaguer" to give up #22, and thus settled on #21.