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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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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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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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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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June 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
PHOENIX - When the Phillies convened last October in Clearwater, Fla., for their annual organizational meetings, there was overwhelming consensus on one issue: Edubray Ramos, eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft, needed to be protected. The young pitcher was added to the 40-man roster and ticketed for big-league spring training. Ramos did not emerge during the spring; he was just another pitcher with a high jersey number. Now, after three major-league appearances, the 23-year-old righthander has exceeded all expectations.
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June 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - When Cameron Rupp smashed a double - his 14th - to right field Friday night, he matched his career total before this season in 201 fewer plate appearances. He entered Saturday with a .773 OPS, a number eclipsed by just four other catchers in baseball. The 27-year-old Rupp, with more frequent playing time, has discovered a power stroke he lacked for much of his time in the minors. "For me, if I get on first base, it takes at least two hits to score me," Rupp said, with a smile.
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June 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - As Jerad Eickhoff's pitch count mounted Thursday afternoon, every ball he threw carried the weight of a nine-game losing streak and a drained group of pitchers. A rebuilding process guarantees trying times, moments for a young player to separate himself, and that is what Eickhoff has done. The Phillies avoided their worst losing streak in 17 years with a 7-3 win over Minnesota. They have won three of their last 17 games, and Eickhoff was the winning pitcher all three times.
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June 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin shuffled his lineup Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, hoping to spark his listless offense. The Phillies manager batted Cody Asche leadoff for the first time in his career. Andres Blanco slotted into the No. 3 spot. And Maikel Franco was bumped down to the sixth spot. But a 4-1 loss to Arizona proved that there is little the manager can do to disguise his team's woes at the plate. The Phillies were no match for Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who allowed one run in eight innings.
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