Phillies and Carlos Ruiz: Top 51 Moments for Chooch

Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

39: 1000th career game

Ruiz spent 11 years in the majors with the Phillies and he finally reached 1000 games played in 2015. When it was announced that Ruiz was playing his 1000th game, the Philly faithful at Citizens Bank Park proceeded to give him an ovation. Ruiz went 1-for-4 with two RBI in the game.

38. Four hits against the Mets

Ruiz’s career numbers against the Mets are about on par with his overall line, but one game in 2014 Ruiz was a real nuisance. He went 4-for-4 with a double and a RBI July 28. It was one of just ten games where Ruiz had four hits and just one of three where he went 4-for-4. However, the Phils pitching staff couldn’t handle the Mets as they lost 7-1.

37. Run-down with Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig was one of the best players in baseball in 2015, finishing with 5.4 fWAR that season. However, he was no match for the baseball IQ of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz. Utley fielded a ground ball up the middle that Puig tried to score on, but Utley threw it home to Ruiz and he tagged out Puig heading back to third. It was a heads-up play on Ruiz and Utley’s part that preserved a 7-0 shutout.

36. Overrunning a pop-up

In one of his final games as a Phillie, Ruiz had another interesting moment when he nearly overran a foul pop-up. He ventured over to the third-base dugout before realizing he had to take a few steps back. However, with the ball coming down quickly, he had to make a dive back towards fair territory to make the acrobatic grab.

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