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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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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 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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March 21, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Along the back wall of the clubhouse, in front of the locker he has long called home, Carlos Ruiz sat and fiddled with an iPhone. The lineup card for the afternoon game against the Yankees was hanging on the bulletin board across the room. Once again, somebody else was starting for the Phillies at catcher. "I know what they are thinking," Ruiz said. "I have plenty of time to get ready for the season. " On Thursday, Ruiz will travel to Fort Myers for what will be only his third start since March 4. Once the Phillies break camp and fly north for a two-game exhibition series at Citizens Bank Park, the veteran catcher will head over to the Carpenter Complex and participate in extended spring training, where he will attempt to get himself into regular-season shape, along with a host of minor league players from the organization.
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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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July 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Francoeur had a flight to catch to get to Atlanta, where he'll celebrate his daughter's second birthday. Darin Ruf was going back to Philadelphia on the team charter flight. Freddy Galvis was joining Carlos Ruiz on a trip to Panama, Justin De Fratus was heading down the coast to his offseason home in Southern California, and Chase Utley was sticking around in San Francisco, where he's made a home in recent years. It's fair to say everyone in the visiting clubhouse, no matter where they were headed yesterday afternoon, was eager for a break.
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July 7, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - The Phillies played 27 innings of comically poor baseball, but they flew to the Coast with smiles on their faces. Ryan Howard's bases-loaded sacrifice fly with no outs in the 10th inning sparked a four-run rally in their 4-0 win over the Braves yesterday. The team couldn't score for Cole Hamels again, but they seemed to loosen up when interim manager Pete Mackanin played an unorthodox card to help them escape the ninth. With runners on first and third and one out, Mackanin brought former third baseman Cody Asche in from leftfield, which gave the Phillies a fifth infielder.
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July 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco held his helmet as he slowly jogged toward home plate in the 10th inning of a 4-0 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Phillies offense had been stagnant for the first 27 innings of the weekend series against the Braves at Turner Field. Now it was coming alive. The Phillies scored four times in the 10th. Ryan Howard gave them their first lead of the series on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Carlos Ruiz doubled to drive in Cesar Hernandez and Franco. Freddy Galvis singled home Ruiz.
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July 7, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ATLANTA - If you have ever awoken to a ruptured septic tank, then you know what Pete Mackanin is wading through every day. He is the interim manager of a Phillies team comprised of rich, fading stars, desperate veterans and unseasoned young talent. Thanks to awful starting pitching, laughable offense and bad defense, the team is losing games with alarming efficiency. Their manager, Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, quit on them 10 days ago. Their general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., is in the final year of his deal, and it is he who will be blamed for the franchise's structural decay.
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July 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CARLOS RUIZ was the unofficial hero of Game No. 79 on the Phillies schedule. Until he was the goat. Ruiz jumped on a fastball from Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann and deposited it into the leftfield seats. The home run - Ruiz' first since Sept. 5, snapping a homerless drought of 218 at-bats - broke a tie and gave the Phillies a one-run lead in the sixth. Two innings later, when Ken Giles was a pitch away from striking out Carlos Gomez to move his team three outs away from a win, Ruiz called timeout.
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July 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE DAY the Phillies named a new president - with the bonus of the ownership group ending its unofficial vow of silence - the soon-to-retire team president announced that the general manager with the expiring contract would stay in place for the duration of the season. Got all of that? Andy MacPhail is aboard for the Phillies' rebuild; he'll officially take the reins from Pat Gillick in October. Ruben Amaro Jr.'s job status remains up in the air, but he's not going anywhere until season's end. And then there's the bespectacled stand-in manager, who sat inside the home dugout at Citizens Bank Park three hours before first pitch on his fourth day on the fill-in job, and on his first day with the regime change in the front office.
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
EARLIER THIS month, former Phillie and current Cleveland Indian Brandon Moss hit his 100th home run into the visiting bullpen at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Good place to hit a milestone home run, right? Yes and no. The Indians' relievers got the ball. Then they sent Moss a ransom note, filled with an assortment of Apple products, from iPads and iPhones to three MacBook Airs and an Apple Watch. The Indians' rotation pulled the same trick last week, when rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor collected his first big-league hit. Well, word travels fast in the baseball universe.
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June 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz has seen his recent playing time diminish as Cameron Rupp has gotten hot, but it hasn't affected the attitude of the veteran Phillies catcher. Ruiz, who was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the New York Yankees, said he is thinking of the team first. No one has benefited more than Rupp, who was in the starting lineup for the third straight day and the fifth game in the last seven. "He has been awesome," Rupp said of Ruiz before the game at Yankee Stadium.
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June 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - You probably don't have to look far beyond the place in the lineup where a team's best hitter resides to diagnosis the biggest problem with the Phillies' offense. The team's three-hole hitters entered yesterday with a .563 OPS, worst in baseball. You could multiply that number by two and still be below the three-hole hitters of the top-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks. It's lower than Steve Jeltz' career OPS (.576). But digging into Chase Utley's dreadful season is the equivalent of spinning a broken record.
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June 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Jerome Williams tumbled over in a heap, facedown, just outside the batter's box. An awkward leg split while covering home plate left the Phillies' struggling righthander in agony, ending a miserable 30-pitch outing that gave up six Baltimore Orioles runs. But that was just the beginning of the Phillies' most embarrassing performance of a dismal season. Baseball's worst team hit rock bottom Tuesday night in a 19-3 defeat at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in 3 hours, 11 minutes redefining the meaning of the oft-used sports term "rebuilding.
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