Carlos Ruiz, more commonly known as Chooch, is among the greatest catchers to ever play in Philadelphia.
In his 11 years wearing the red pinstripes, he hit .266/.352/.393 with 68 home runs and 401 RBI. Ruiz hit for extra bases in 32.2% of his 934 hits with the Phils, including the postseason. His best offensive season came in 2012, when he hit .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI., and earned his lone All-Star appearance that year.
Ruiz also came up clutch in the post-season, driving in the game-winning run in game three of the World Series.
But it was not necessarily the offense that made Chooch a favorite in the clubhouse and fanbase alike. Carlos Ruiz was a wizard behind the plate. He was the catcher of four no-hitters, tying the MLB record set by Jason Varitek.
One perfect game by Roy Halladay in the 2010 regular season against the Marlins, followed by a no-hitter in Halladay’s first postseason appearance against the Reds that year, a combined no-hitter which Cole Hamels started in 2014 against the Braves, and Cole Hamels’ no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 2015.
Ruiz was probably the most highly regarded player from the Phillies core that won five straight division titles and a World Series among the fans.
He told MLB.com in an interview following his trade in 2015 to the Dodgers that “My heart and everything was in Philly. I’m definitely going to miss the fans, the city, my teammates, the organization.”
We miss you too, Chooch.