Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Enough can not be said about Carlos Ruiz’s performance so far this year. It has been nothing short of amazing that a 33 year old catcher has stepped up the way that he has. After another 3-4 night at the plate, Ruiz is batting .361. That is not only tops for catchers or in the National League, but is the best in all of baseball. Chew on that for a minute.

With Ruiz’s bomb of a Home Run in the 8th inning last night, he not only gave the Phillies a much needed insurance run (it proved to be the game winner) but he also set a new season high for his career with more than half a season to go. He is only 13 away from his career high 54 RBI tallied in 2007.

Carlos Ruiz will not start the All Star Game this year for the National League. He won’t even be the backup. The Panamanian still trails St. Louis’ Yadier Molina and San Fran’s Buster Posey by a wide margin in the balloting. Nonetheless, it would be criminal if Ruiz isn’t selected by Tony LaRussa to play in the game.

But as the talk shifts from the All Star Game, the question becomes is Chooch an MVP candidate?

The answer in short is yes.

No one has been as valuable to their team as Ruiz has been this year to the Phillies. And it’s not just his offensive outburst that have put him in that category, it’s his defense and game calling too. As amazing as he has been, it’s entirely possible, he may be able to bring world peace and solve the economic crisis. But I digress.

Last night, Ruiz made an amazing basket catch on a pitch bunted foul. He helped Vance Worley work 6+ innings on a night when he didn’t have his best command, coaxed Michael Schwimer through a rough 7th inning in which he inherited runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, and got Bastardo through an inning in which he gave up a leading double to Andrew McCutchen.

After getting his young bullpen through the storm, Chooch launched a long shot to deep left field and into the night. It was his second RBI of the night and second run scored. After providing the margin of victory, he got closer Jonathan Papelbon through a rocky ninth.

For some it may have been a week’s work. For Carlos Ruiz, it was just a night at the office.

Chooch for MVP!

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