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July 8, 2012 | By Zach Berman, For the Daily News
The white T-shirts were sprawled across the chairs sitting in front of every locker in the Phillies' clubhouse. They read "Vote for Chooch," the words of a promotional campaign to gin up votes for catcher Carlos Ruiz's bid for an All-Star berth. The players were supposed to wear them during batting practice, in a display of camaraderie that was part solidarity, part infomercial. The reason behind the shirts was simple. It was mid-June and Ruiz trailed in the fans' All-Star voting, despite putting up All-Star worthy numbers, including boasting the best batting average in baseball.
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February 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He had just returned from running sprints. You could see his chest rising up and down beneath his black cutoff T-shirt, the one with a disembodied Phillies catchers mask hovering in the center. He wore a gold chain with tiny diamonds pressed into the links. He leaned on a bat, his red gloves unfastened. That is to say, Carlos Ruiz looked a lot like he has in each of the 11 years that he has reported to Clearwater in the middle of February. His face is a little more weathered.
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October 27, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 2:03 a.m. yesterday, cameras and microphones engulfed an unlikely man in the Phillies' clubhouse. "You're killing me!" reliever Chad Durbin barked at catcher Carlos Ruiz. Walking back from a shower, Durbin couldn't find a path to his nearby dressing space. A media type moved. "I'm just kidding," Durbin said. "He deserves it. " Questions came in Spanish and English. The 29-year-old native of Panama answered them in the language they were asked, understanding he is now part of Phillies World Series lore, the living embodiment of the ups and downs of a long night.
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May 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - About two weeks ago, during the Phillies' previous homestand, Carlos Ruiz woke up at 6 a.m. to the buzzing sound of his cellphone. It wasn't an alarm. Instead, it was the news he feared would come at some point in the last four months. Nicolas Miranda, a close friend of Ruiz's since boyhood, had died after complications from surgery. Miranda was the same age as Ruiz, 36, and shared the same hometown: David, Panama. Ruiz is honoring his late friend by wearing "44" on the bill of the helmet he wears under his catcher's mask.
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October 31, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carlos Ruiz will be paid a career-high $5 million next season after the Phillies picked up his 2013 option Monday. What he will make beyond that from the Phillies remains to be seen. Ruiz' agent, Marc Kligman, said at this point the two sides have not talked about a long-term contract extension for the all-star catcher. "No, I haven't received phone calls or overtures from the Phillies regarding an extension for a new contract," Kligman said. Both sides declined the $5.5 million option on third baseman Placido Polanco for 2013.
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March 1, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Seven years ago, Panama's president called Carlos Ruiz to ask why he would not play for his country. It was 2009, and Ruiz thought it best to stay in Phillies camp. The catcher later reconsidered. Now, at age 37, Ruiz will savor the chance in March to help Panama qualify for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. His career in its twilight, Ruiz needed no presidential convincing this time. "It gives me a chance to represent my country," Ruiz said. "Bring them back to the World Baseball Classic.
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November 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb and Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writers
Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies' all-star catcher and most productive hitter in 2012, was suspended for 25 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy. According to two league sources, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant - not a steroid - under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant.
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August 3, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME the Union played Chicago, Carlos Ruiz scored the game-winner on a volley that stunned Fire keeper Jon Conway and made him look silly. And Ruiz also won MLS Goal of the Week honors. Turns out it was the last time for him to do so in a Union uniform. Pending a few John Hancocks, Ruiz is set to leave the team for Mexican club Veracruz, according to a source. Ruiz didn't make the trip for tonight's game in the Windy City. The Union heads into the meaty part of its schedule without its leading goal scorer (Ruiz)
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June 4, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carlos Ruiz solidified his status as the Phillies' No.1 catcher late in 2008 and seems to have built on that standing this season. "Actually, I was just talking about that internally with some of our guys," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. "There is a stability we have when Carlos is back there. He really solidifies our battery. " Ruiz is clearly the Phillies' catcher of the present, and at 30 he's young enough to figure significantly into the team's future, as well.
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June 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
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May 25, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY DON'T score many runs. Sometimes they don't score any. They play awful one night, put you to sleep the next, make you say 'Wow' the day after. The crooked numbers once posted by the all-powerful, mostly American lineups of the most recent resurgence of the Phillies, the one that electrified this town over the previous decade, are long gone, replaced by wins of the smallest of margins, and a game played on them as well. Bunting. Sacs in the air and on the ground. First-to-thirds.
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May 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
For the second time this season, the Phillies were stymied by the Atlanta Braves' Williams Perez, who gave himself the best of birthday presents. Pitching on his 25th birthday, the righthander limited the Phillies to two hits for the second time this season as the Braves earned a 2-0 win on a cold, rainy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, where the infield looked like a quagmire by game's end. "It was ugly weather and an ugly game," manager Pete Mackanin said. Perez (2-1) pitched 61/3 shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. In his previous appearance this season against the Phillies, on May 11 in Atlanta, Perez allowed one run on just two hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win. "He was throwing the ball down and away and threw a pretty good change-up, too," said shortstop Freddy Galvis, who was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
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May 18, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The crowd rose Monday at Citizens Bank Park for an unfamiliar ritual, to laud a Phillies hitter. Tommy Joseph cracked a single up the middle to start the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to Miami. It was the first major-league hit for the 24-year-old first baseman, and as the scoreboard flashed his achievement, the weeknight crowd roared. These moments are fleeting because the Phillies cannot have nice things. Six pitches later, Freddy Galvis erased Joseph. The shortstop bounced into a routine 5-4-3 double play.
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May 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Once Cameron Rupp hobbled back to the Phillies clubhouse Saturday night after his incredible collision at home plate that will be replayed and replayed, the catcher found concerned teammates. His friends and family texted to see if he was OK. They all asked the same first question: "How's your head?" "My head?" Rupp said. "My head's fine. Did you see what my leg did?" Rupp's left leg crumbled under the weight of Eugenio Suarez crashing into him at the end of the 4-3 win over the Reds.
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May 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The nadir of the Phillies' Latin American scouting and development program is easily identifiable. Look back at the 1989 season, and you'll find an opening-day roster that included as many players born in France as the Dominican Republic. When Juan Samuel was traded to the New York Mets later that season, the French population ruled over the Latin one inside the Phillies clubhouse. Vive la France never was a great slogan for a big-league baseball team, and since born-in-Paris shortstop Steve Jeltz was the only French representative, it really would have been a rotten one. Not surprisingly, the Phillies of that era were awful.
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May 12, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - A year ago, former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson was one of the feel-good stories in baseball, returning after a three-year absence because of injuries to be a major contributor for a World Series champion in Kansas City. Madson parlayed that performance into a three-year, $22 million contract with the Oakland A's, where he looks every bit as effective as when he was closing in his final season with the Phillies in 2011. Entering Tuesday's action, the 35-year-old Madson was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 14 appearances.
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May 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Derek Dietrich lowered his shoulder into Carlos Ruiz, and the Phillies catcher's mask went flying as two bodies smashed Saturday night. Ruiz thudded to the ground with the ball secured in his mitt. The Phillies dugout erupted as a stoic Ruiz shuffled toward them. He could still take a hit. "They were excited about Chooch," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's a tough guy. " Ruiz has provided the Phillies so much in 18 years, ever since he signed in Panama for $8,000 and earned $31 million in the majors.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Pete Mackanin visited the mound in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 5-4 loss just as Busch Stadium was starting to become unglued. The Cardinals had the bases loaded. The Phillies had a one-run lead. Mackanin, the Phillies manager, told his closer to get a ground ball. A double play would end it. Jeanmar Gomez listened. He induced Stephen Piscotty to hit a grounder, but the ball was slapped wide of shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis slid to field the hit, but the game was tied.
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