Carlos Ruiz debuted with the Phillies in 2006. He made his first All-Star Game in 2012. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
Carlos Ruiz used to be the lowest guy in the lineup, the guy who was unknown to the other 29 teams. Then came 2012, and with all of the injuries and struggles, Ruiz shined. He is unknown no more.
As if Phillies fans needed another reason to love Chooch, Ruiz was profiled in an ESPN the Magazine article by Jorge Arangure Jr.
From humble beginnings in Panama, the Phillies took interest in a second baseman who was converting to catcher. The Phillies had passed on Ruiz twice already, once as a pitcher and again as a second baseman.
Ruiz signed with the Phillies for $8,000 in 1998. He was 19. He dropped out of college to take the chance of reaching the major leagues. It was instantly an underdog story.
Ruiz is just 5 feet-10 inches tall. When he arrived at his first camp in the Phillies' Dominican League, he was noticeably smaller than many of the other players....