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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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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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February 15, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The human side of the Carlos Ruiz story bubbled to the surface Wednesday, and it was a painful experience for all involved. For the first time since the late November news that the Phillies catcher had been suspended for 25 games after violating baseball's substance-abuse policy, Ruiz was required to do more than make a statement about his transgression. When he completed the first official workout of spring training with his teammates, Ruiz sat down for a group interview on a blue picnic table just beyond the left-field wall at Bright House Field.
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May 8, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Carlos Ruiz took part in his daily pregame routine during batting practice at AT&T Park yesterday. He fielded ground balls at third base alongside Michael Young. But for the second time in the last five games, Ruiz did not start behind the plate when the Phillies took the field later in the night to take on the San Francisco Giants. Erik Kratz started at catcher in place of Ruiz, who is hitting .100 (2-for-20) since returning from his 25-game suspension. Over the weekend, Ruiz said he's still attempting to get into a comfort zone at the plate after his near monthlong absence.
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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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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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April 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 86-m.p.h. fastball smacked into Carlos Ruiz's mitt and Aaron Harang's regular-season debut with his eighth major-league team was underway. The journeyman was brought to Philadelphia to eat innings in a rebuilding season, but for much of Wednesday night his results more closely emulated those of the pitcher who made five consecutive opening-day starts for the Reds. Mixing his five pitches and changing speeds, Harang limited the Boston Red Sox to one hit through the first six innings of a chilly, misty night at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 28, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla.- A throng of reporters, TV cameras, and microphones clustered near Odubel Herrera's locker after a morning workout earlier in spring training. The intriguing outfielder had yet to do a group interview. His English is limited. "Whitey," Herrera shouted to the far corner of the Phillies clubhouse. The Venezuelan sought infielder Andres Blanco, a countryman, to serve as his interpreter. Blanco walked across the room and stood by Herrera's side. He translated reporters' questions into Spanish and Herrera's answers into English.
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March 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On one side, you had Houston's Jonathan Villar, a former Phillies prospect and longtime shortstop. The 23-year-old started in centerfield for the Astros. Before this spring, Villar hadn't played centerfield since 2008 - for one game - when he was a 17-year-old in the Phillies organization, 2 years before moving on to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade. Villar made an athletic diving catch to rob Freddy Galvis of an extra-base hit in the first inning of yesterday's game, and, later, avoided a near-disastrous collision with rightfielder Robbie Grossman to track down another ball in the gap. On the Phillies' side was Odubel Herrera, the Rule 5 pick left unprotected by the Texas Rangers this spring in part because he does not have a natural position on the field.
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March 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - When Cameron Rupp enrolled in 2007 at the University of Texas, he became an education major. If his baseball career did not pan out, he planned to be a high school coach. His father coached Rupp's baseball and football teams when Rupp was growing up. His uncle was a college baseball coach. "I guess I'd have to be a teacher if I wanted to be a coach. So I went that route," Rupp said before Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees. "But it worked out this way. " Rupp put his coaching plans on hold when the Phillies drafted him in 2010.
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March 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's easy for a player to do his own thing or go about his business unnoticed inside the vast home clubhouse in Bright House Field. A player can return from the field, the indoor batting cages, or the showers and never talk to anyone else on his way to and from his locker stall. Carlos Ruiz, however, is not that kind of person. Ruiz is often the guy seated in a group of three or four players, holding court. Whether it's prepping for that day's game, telling stories, or just general conversation, the veteran catcher is often in the middle of it all, eager to listen and talk, too. "When I [first]
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March 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With three weeks until opening day, the Phillies' starting rotation is still very much in flux. Cliff Lee is attempting to pitch through a tear in his elbow tendon and Aaron Harang has missed two of three scheduled Grapefruit League starts. The uncertainty has given Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez a good chance to win a spot in the back end of the rotation. But his results through three Grapefruit League outings have done little to quell the newfound concerns about the Phillies' starting pitching behind ace Cole Hamels.
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March 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Carlos Ruiz was behind the plate Friday afternoon for the first time this spring. The 36-year-old caught five innings and went 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Ruiz will catch once every four or five days during spring training. He has played one game so far as a designated hitter. Sandberg said it is a priority to get Ruiz at-bats. "For him to get work and throw and block and everything," Sandberg said after Friday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.
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February 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Moments after catching his first batting-practice session of the spring, Carlos Ruiz huddled with his pitcher by the third-base line for a chat. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had just pitched to Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis, and nonroster invitee Xavier Paul, capping a session that elicited positive reviews early in the Cuban righthander's second big-league spring training. The Phillies' veteran catcher noted a considerable difference in fastball velocity from last spring.
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February 24, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Throughout the week, they have trickled into the clubhouse and onto the playing surface at Bright House Field. Ben Revere. Chase Utley. Grady Sizemore. The first full-squad workout is tomorrow, at which point Ryne Sandberg will begin the process of figuring out where, exactly, the runs will come from this season. The known quantities are limited to Carlos Ruiz at catcher, Utley at second base, Revere in centerfield, and, to a lesser extent, Freddy Galvis at shortstop.
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February 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TODAY AT Citizens Bank Park, 7 weeks and 3 days before the Phillies' season begins at the 12-year-old ballpark, an equipment truck filled with everything from baseballs and batting helmets to bubblegum and sunflower seeds will begin its annual trek south. It will arrive at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., at some point this weekend. The truck will empty and all of the pieces will be properly put into place before pitchers and catchers take part in their first official workout on Thursday.
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