Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/5/12

Phillies Catcher Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz leads the NL in hitting, has 8 HRs and 32 RBI, is having a career year and is 4TH in All Star Game Voting! Help us fix that and get Chooch to the ASG!

There haven’t been many bright spots in this Phillies season so far. What has there been? Rollins? No. Utley? No. Lee? No. Howard? No.

The bright spots have been very limited, and may in fact boil down to Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz. Aside from those players, it hasn’t been a very stellar year. We know Cole Hamels will sign a huge contract worth a ton of money. The question isn’t if but when. And with whom.

Carlos Ruiz has stepped up into the huge holes left by injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who have yet to play a game in MLB this year.

Throughout his career, Ruiz has been heralded for his defensive abilities, handling of the pitching staff and occasionally coming through with a big hit in a big situation.

This year, Ruiz, who would lead MLB in hitting at .368 if he had just a couple more plate appearances, has been a force offensively for the Phillies. So much so, that a guy who usually was penned in at the number 8 spot in the lineup has predominantly batted clean up for the past several weeks. That’s a heck of a jump.

Ruiz has led the charge for the Phillies this year and he deserves to be rewarded for it. The reward? A trip to the All Star Game.

The voting results so far were released today by MLB and Ruiz is currently 4th in voting for NL catchers. I know this is a product of reputation, but it needs to be fixed. Chooch is currently behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina (1,000,048 votes), Buster Posey of the Giants. (707,508) and Atlanta’s Brian McCann (707,508).

Again, this is a product of reputation. McCann is struggling in Atlanta hitting .248 with 7 HR and 28 RBI. Posey is having a good year in San Fran hitting .295 with 6 HRs and 29 RBI. Molina has become an offensive weapon for St. Louis hitting .328 with 8 HR and 32 RBI.

But Chooch’s offensive accomplishments this year are more than both Posey and McCann, and as good as Yadier Molina. Ruiz’s 8 HRs and 32 RBI are worth every bit of Molina’s, and he’s done so while batting 40 points higher. I’m not saying Carlos Ruiz is the best catcher in baseball, but he is a catcher that is having the best year in baseball.

The fact that he is fourth in All Star voting is upsetting. The Phillies fan base needs to get involved and right this wrong. Carlos Ruiz deserves to be an All Star. We need to make it happen.

Here’s the link to vote… Get busy!

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