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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 10, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven years ago, former Phillies scout Allan Lewis told Sal Agostinelli that a short, stocky second baseman from Panama could hit and throw a baseball. "I think part of our job is to dream a lot when you sign a guy," said Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting supervisor. "I liked this kid because Allan told me he could hit. He didn't think he ran fast enough to play the middle infield, but he thought he could catch because of the way he could throw. " Scouts dream.
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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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August 16, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz. Polanco came to Philadelphia in 2002 and turned out to be the most valuable piece in the deadline deal that sent Rolen to the Cardinals.
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August 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Jeremy Hellickson threw a pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon, grabbed his back, and this is how a mediocre trip to the West Coast almost became destructive. The Phillies won as many games as they lost in California, but they will return home with some fears about their starting rotation. They beat the Dodgers, 6-2, because Freddy Galvis bashed his first homer against a lefthander in almost two years. That generated a happy flight home. It could have been worse; Hellickson left the game after the fifth with tightness in his back, but he expects to make his next scheduled start.
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August 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Carlos Ruiz has thought about what it will be like when Chase Utley, wearing a white Dodgers uniform, steps into the batter's box Monday to face the Phillies. The two men were teammates for a decade. Utley, one of the most iconic players in Phillies history, carries a certain level of respect. It has been almost a year since the Phillies traded him to Los Angeles. And, still, it will be jarring to see him play against his former team. "If I'm kneeling down waiting for a pitch, I don't even know how I'm going to look at him," Ruiz said.
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July 24, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
READING - As soon as Jorge Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers in 2010, his focus shifted to doing whatever he could to make it to the majors. But Alfaro grew up playing the outfield, third base, and shortstop. He didn't have any catching experience and the Rangers moved him behind the plate anyway. He wasn't expecting it. But he wasn't surprised, either. Alfaro was ready to do whatever was asked of him. "I will play anything," Alfaro said. "But I really like catching [now]
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July 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Carlos Ruiz went home to his ranch in Panama during the all-star break, a moment to both recharge and celebrate a remarkable milestone. Ruiz, on Thursday, reached 10 years of major-league service time - all with the Phillies, the team that in 1998 made an $8,000 investment in Ruiz. "Wow," his wife, Haidee, told him. "Where did the time go?" Time, right now, is precious for Ruiz. He is a 37-year-old backup catcher on a rebuilding team. He wants one more shot at the postseason, a chance that will not likely come unless the Phillies trade him. "I would like to taste that again," Ruiz said Friday.
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July 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - The visitors' clubhouse doors will open Sunday morning, and the Phillies will mark a first in team history when they welcome a player back to the team during the same season in which he tested positive for performance- enhancing drugs. Daniel Stumpf, a rookie reliever, is set to rejoin the Phillies at the conclusion of his 80-game suspension for using dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that was created in the 1960s for East German Olympians. Stumpf is the fifth Phillies player to be suspended by Major League Baseball, which began drug testing in 2004.
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July 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - The Phillies boarded their flight west on Wednesday afternoon wearing black cowboy hats. Carlos Ruiz, who lives on a ranch during the offseason in Panama, bought the hats for the players and coaches to wear to Denver for the final road trip before the all-star break. The team's first half has been filled with ups and downs, but at least it was guaranteed to end in style. "Everybody was happy wearing the cowboy hats. It was something different," Ruiz said. "I try to keep everyone relaxed.
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July 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Aaron Nola's all-star break will start a bit early as the Phillies will skip the pitcher's start on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Manager Pete Mackanin said Sunday that the Phillies are skipping Nola so the pitcher can "clear his head" after a rough stretch of starts. He will pitch in a simulated game during the team's four-game trip to Denver. Mackanin did not say who would start for Nola on Thursday. The righthander has a 13.50 ERA in his last five starts and was tagged for five runs in five innings on Saturday.
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June 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
PHOENIX - Last weekend, a Phillies official placed all-star ballots on every player's chair in the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park. The 24-year-old bundle of constant energy that is the Phillies centerfielder breezed through the room to campaign. "Vote for me!" Odubel Herrera said. "Vote for me!" Herrera does nothing in a traditional manner. So it is appropriate for the former Rule 5 pick to take a most unconventional route to his first All-Star Game. The teams will be announced Tuesday, and Herrera has a good chance at representing the Phillies in San Diego.
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