He is having a career year at age 33.
Ruiz phoned his mother in Panama after learning the news from Manuel.
"She said, 'Congratulations' like four times," Ruiz said. "I'm so happy to go. I still can't believe it."
His Phillies teammates often have spoken about how underrated Ruiz is, even before his torrid first half at the plate. Righthander Roy Halladay routinely calls Ruiz "the best catcher in the National League", and now he has an all-star bid as proof.
"I'm thrilled for him," Halladay said. "I think we've all felt like he's been deserving in the past and definitely deserving this year. I'm really excited for him. I think it's going to mean a lot to him. He's worked hard to become the player he is. He means a lot to our team, not only for the way he plays, but who he is."
Manuel had the highest of praise for Ruiz.
"Carlos is a great example of what baseball is, how he's improved in the last few years and the player he's become," the manager said. "That's kind of what you work for in this game, and what you strive for."
All three of the Phillies all-stars were managerial selections by Tony La Russa. None placed on the players' vote.
Hamels has a 3.08 ERA in 16 starts and has struck out 111 in 111 innings. The 28-year-old has made the all-star team in two consecutive seasons and is nearing a major payday in free agency. He will be inundated with questions about trade rumors.
Papelbon, signed this winter to the richest deal for a reliever in baseball history, was selected to his fifth all-star team and first since 2009 with Boston. The 31-year-old righthander is tied for fourth in the NL with 18 saves and has blown only one opportunity.
Hamels and Papelbon each earned a $50,000 bonus for being selected. Ruiz's contract stipulated a $25,000 bonus.
"It's going to be a special day," Ruiz said.
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