Another sad time in Philadelphia because long-time Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (and cash) was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday (August 25th) for catcher A.J. Ellis, Class A right-handed pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. Ruiz has been on the team for his entire career and was very popular with the players and organization. The fans also loved Ruiz and chanted his nickname Chooch every time he was up to bat.
Ruiz enters a pennant race by going to the Dodgers and reunites with Chase Utley (my hero) as well as Joe Blanton from the 2008 World Series Championship team. That leaves Ryan Howard as the last remaining Phillie from that 2008 team.
Here are Ruiz's final stats for the 2016 season (48 games played):
Batting Average: .261 (43 for 165)
Runs Scored: 18
Home Runs: 3
Stolen Bases: 3
Strike Outs: 28
Ruiz left a farewell message to his former teammates before leaving for Los Angeles:
I will miss all of you guys," the 37-year-old wrote. "Good luck the rest of the season. Love you all, Chooch! Gracias.
I want to thank Ruiz for everything he has done here in Philly. I wish him the best of luck in LA. He will always be a Phillie to me. Good luck Chooch and Thank You!
|2008 World Champs|