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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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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - There is a chance, within the next week, that Carlos Ruiz's time with the Phillies will come to an end. The 37-year-old catcher has produced in a part-time role. He is the sort of veteran player contending teams look to acquire at this time of year. Or not. "I don't know," Ruiz said Wednesday. "Maybe it's possible. Maybe it's not. Depending on how everything goes, it's possible. So far there's nothing. I don't know. I'm still happy here. It was something I was thinking early in the season to now. We'll see what happens.
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Ryan Howard said Carlos Ruiz was like the quarterback of the team's pitching staff. Cameron Rupp said Ruiz - who was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday - was the player he wanted to be like ever since Rupp joined the Phillies. Freddy Galvis said Ruiz was a good friend. Pete Mackanin said Ruiz was a pleasure to coach. There was a lot of love for Ruiz on Friday afternoon as the Phillies prepared to play the Mets in the first game in more than a decade without Ruiz on their roster.
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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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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says the team will add reinforcements to the big-league team after the minor-league playoffs conclude. Double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley will begin postseason play this week. "Off the top of my head, about a half dozen or so" will be promoted, Klentak said Sunday before a 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. "I want to manage the workload of our pitchers. " One pitcher who is likely to be called up is righthander Alec Asher, whose 80-game suspension for testing positive for an anabolic steroid would end sometime this week, depending on if Lehigh Valley has any postponements.
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September 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The best starter available in this winter's free-agent class has made one start since July 7 because of a blister on his left middle finger. The next best is a 29-year-old righthander with a career 3.92 ERA and will require the surrender of a draft pick to sign. There's a 43-year-old Dominican whose fastball cannot crack 90 mph and a 30-year-old Texan who throws much harder but cannot command it. It is a historically bad market for starting pitchers at a time when pitching has never been more expensive to acquire.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jeanmar Gomez handed the ball to Pete Mackanin on Friday night and shuffled into the Phillies dugout. An 8-4 loss to Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park was all but finished as Gomez imploded in the ninth inning. He allowed four runs and did not retire any of the four batters he faced, prompting the Phillies manager to head to the mound. The Phillies did not score after the second inning and their ninth-inning meltdown appeared to be inevitable. It was almost expected that the Phillies bullpen - which is as thin as a unit can be - would eventually yield a run. Freddie Freeman tagged Gomez for an RBI double and Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single.
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August 31, 2016 | By William C. Kashatus
The Phillies' Carlos Ruiz, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, did not have a howitzer for an arm like Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. Nor did he have an explosive bat like Mike Piazza, another stellar backstop who recently joined Bench in Cooperstown. But "Chooch" played with a heart much larger than his 5-foot-9 frame. Ruiz was a team player, an unsung hero in a game that has become dominated by self-absorbed athletes who seem to care more about individual performance and accolades.
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August 31, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES 'Chooch' an all-around winner Carlos Ruiz's legacy between the lines is well known: he caught three no-hitters and a perfect game and won a World Series in 11 seasons with the Phillies and made the 2012 National League all-star team before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday ("Bye, Chooch," Friday). But "Chooch" is leaving an equally important legacy off the field. His support of Philadelphia Futures is changing the lives of hundreds of low-income, first-generation-to-college students.
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August 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For two nights at Citi Field, the Mets battered the Phillies. They clobbered eight homers, smashed five doubles, and drew nine walks. They pounded fastballs. That was foreboding for Vince Velasquez, who started Sunday afternoon and likes to throw fastballs. He is a 24-year-old pitcher learning the intricacies of life as a starter while facing major-league lineups every fifth day. It is not always pretty. In a 5-1 Phillies win, Velasquez silenced an imposing (but depleted)
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August 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - A.J. Ellis departed Los Angeles devastated after he was traded to the Phillies on Thursday as part of the trade that sent Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers. Both catchers left the only franchises they had ever known. It was hard to say goodbye, Ellis said. He even cried with longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw. But those waves of emotions, he said, are "getting farther and farther apart. " Ellis, 35, joined the Phillies on Saturday afternoon and is expected to start Sunday. Ellis met with Pete Mackanin and the manager told the nine-year veteran to try to leave a mark on the team's young players.
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford is batting .290 with a .370 on-base percentage since June 15, when he seemed to turn his season around by going 3 for 4. The 21-year-old was batting .169 at triple-A before that game.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   29   7   .241   1   0   0   3   4   3   0    Season   429   111   .259   18   1   6   69   69   41   12    Nick Williams OF, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Ryan Howard said Carlos Ruiz was like the quarterback of the team's pitching staff. Cameron Rupp said Ruiz - who was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday - was the player he wanted to be like ever since Rupp joined the Phillies. Freddy Galvis said Ruiz was a good friend. Pete Mackanin said Ruiz was a pleasure to coach. There was a lot of love for Ruiz on Friday afternoon as the Phillies prepared to play the Mets in the first game in more than a decade without Ruiz on their roster.
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August 26, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THIS ONE might be the toughest. It's strange to think about. We've sat through how many of these already? The centerfielder, the shortstop, the second baseman, the World Series MVP. Could it really be that the eight-hole hitter was the one to burrow furthest into that part of your mind where the visceral memories go? The Phillies traded Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers Thursday. They didn't receive much in return; nor were they expected to. Tommy Bergjans is the name. A 23-year-old righty whom the Dodgers drafted in the eighth round in June 2015.
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