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    The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    I'm sure many of us grew up thinking that the Reds were larger-than-life figures. They were men who were playing the same game that we played in the backyard or the Little League field, but they played it better, and in front of more people, than we could possibly imagine. Then one day we noticed that they weren't that much different from us--they even had a player who was younger than us! (This was the first sign that I was getting older! )

    Who was that player in your case? The first Reds player who was younger than me was Willie Greene.


    (I don't feel too old yet--at least the Reds still have five players who are older than me: Jeff Conine, Mike Stanton, David Weathers, Ken Griffey Jr., and Scott Hatteberg.)
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Wily Mo was really close, but I think that title goes to Ryan Wagner, who was born 3 months after me (and Cyclone) and made his debut in 2003.

    I still have a hard time looking at guys like EE and reminding myself that I'm older than them.
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    I don't remember the first Reds player but I do remember the first MLB player. It was Jose Oquendo. He was younger than me by a month or so. Now I don't know if there is anyone left that is older than me since Julio Franco was released. I'm 44 so there are some that are close.
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Austin Kearns was the first one that hit me....I think it was when he turned 23 a couple of weeks after I did....

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    baseball-reference tells me it was Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes in 1998, but both of them were just younger by a few months.

    Gookie Dawkins was the first that I was really aware of being younger than me.
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    I'm pretty sure it was Homer Bailey. I'm 23 and he's, what, 21?

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Willie Greene.

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Paul O'Neill

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Took a while to figure out.

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Current Reds: Junior, David Weathers

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Rosario Rodriguez
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Quote Originally Posted by pahster View Post
    I'm pretty sure it was Homer Bailey. I'm 23 and he's, what, 21?
    Same here.

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    baseball-reference tells me it was Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes in 1998, but both of them were just younger by a few months.

    Gookie Dawkins was the first that I was really aware of being younger than me.
    I had to do the same thing, albeit much further back!

    Manny Sarmiento, a year and a half younger than me, made his debut in 1976 at the age of 20; Soto did the same thing the next year, again at 20.

    The first "contemporary" of mine would have been Harry Spillman, who the record says is about five months older than me.

    The last Red my age was Ted Power when he played for the Reds in 1991 when he was 36.

    Dennis Eckersley was the last ML player older than me (2 months) and he announced his retirement on my 44th birthday. Ouch!

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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Willie Greene, followed by John Roper and Johnny Ruffin
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    Re: The First Reds Player Who Was Younger Than You

    Dimitri Young. By 3 months.
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