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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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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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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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April 9, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Carlos Ruiz had to watch the video to make sure what he saw with his two eyes in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 10-2 rout of Atlanta on Saturday was correct, because it was too hard to believe at first. The Phillies catcher cued up the second pitch Braves reliever Scott Linebrink threw him, a 94-m.p.h. fastball high and inside. Swing and a miss. That put Ruiz, pinch-hitting for the first time this season, in an 0-2 hole. With the bases loaded, Ruiz could not have been expecting a strike from Linebrink.
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May 21, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN ADDITION TO righting their ship, the Phillies also must avoid taking on more water, a task that became more challenging yesterday when a couple of their stars were sidelined with injuries. Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard will both undergo MRIs today as the Phillies prepare to start a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami. At least for the moment, Ruiz' injury appears to be more significant. The catcher suffered a right hamstring strain while moving from first to third on a single in the second inning.
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August 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Darin Ruf looked up to get ready for Hansel Robles' first pitch, it was already en route to home plate. Umpire Dan Bellino called timeout and ruled the pitch would not count, but the Phillies dugout was already incensed. Larry Bowa was at the heart of the benches-clearing commotion in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the first-place New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies bench coach was ejected by Bellino, who warned both teams. Robles, the Phillies thought, had done the same thing the night before on a two-strike pitch to Cameron Rupp.
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August 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - For the second straight day, third time in four games in Miami, and fifth time in the last six games, Ryan Howard was held out of the starting lineup yesterday. Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins are gone. Chase Utley was traded away, too, last week. Of the 2008 World Series roster, only Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz remain. Ruiz has been splitting time as the starting catcher with Cameron Rupp for the last three months. In the last week Howard has started just once as the rebuilding Phillies go full bore with their youth movement.
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August 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The most apparent reminder that Chase Utley no longer plays for the Phillies was found Thursday inside the visiting team's video room at Marlins Park. This room lined with computer monitors - and the other stations like it across major-league baseball - was typically where one would find Utley, poring over immeasurable amounts of film of that night's starting pitcher or of his at-bats from the previous games. The iconic Phillies second baseman's absence was almost eerie. "It is weird," admitted Kevin Camiscioli, the team's longtime manager of video coaching services.
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August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
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August 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The essential parts of the Phillies' demolition will be complete soon. All that is left is for Chase Utley to make up his mind about where he wants to finish this season. It would be both mind-boggling and debilitating for the Phillies if he did not soon select one of the attractive options that reportedly are in front of him. You want to go back to your childhood home in Southern California? That can be done. You want to go to your current winter home in San Francisco? Also possible.
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August 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - When the Cole Hamels blockbuster trade was agreed upon two weeks ago today, it was easy to sit back and label Jorge Alfaro the Phillies' catcher of the future. And that still might very well be true, since the athletic, 22-year-old prospect acquired in the deal has real raw power and what one scout recently labeled a "90 arm" on the 20-80 grading scale. But Alfaro has played only 70 games above Class A ball, including only 49 this season after suffering an ankle injury in early June.
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August 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - A smiling Freddy Galvis stepped to the top step of the visitors' dugout late in the Phillies' 5-3 win Sunday, emphatically motioning to second base, where Chase Utley stood after lacing a game-breaking, pinch-hit double. Galvis prodded Utley to make the bull horns gesture many of the Phillies have taken to this season. Rookie Odubel Herrera, whose "El Torito" nickname translates to "the little bull," brought it to the team in spring training. The typically stoic and undemonstrative Utley obliged, if only raising his hands halfway to his head, and flashed a seldom-seen smile.
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August 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
They began to rise even before longtime Phillies public address announcer Dan Baker offered his introduction, and they remained on their feet for the better part of the next minute. Jimmy Rollins twice stepped out of the batter's box and lifted his blue Los Angeles Dodgers batting helmet to thank the Citizens Bank Park crowd of 28,733 before the first at-bat of a 6-2 Phillies win Tuesday night. A standing ovation lasting about 45 seconds greeted the Phillies' all-time hits leader for his first game as a visitor.
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August 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had developed a special bond with Cole Hamels, so on the day the Hamels trade to the Texas Rangers was made official, Ruiz said he will truly miss catching the lefthander. "When you are around a friend who you play with a lot of years and you see him walk away, you feel sad," Ruiz said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves. "This is part of baseball, and I wish him the best of luck. " Ruiz caught Hamels for 207 games. According to ESPN, that is the most starts by any active pitcher- catcher combination.
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August 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS HIS TWO young toddlers tried to wrestle each other out of their first row seats, Cole Hamels sat at the dais in the media room in Citizens Bank Park and looked at ease, free of any worries. It's difficult to remember the last time he looked that way. Less than 48 hours earlier, a year's worth of trade rumors ended. He received word that he was headed to Texas. "It's a long process," Hamels said of reaching finality in the Phillies quest to trade him in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project.
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