Reading Fightin Phils to induct Carlos Ruiz into Baseballtown Hall of Fame
On Tuesday, August 10th the Reading Fightin’ Phils will induct Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz into the Baseballtown Hall of Fame. Chooch will be honored for his impact he had on both Reading and Philadelphia during his career with the Phillies organization.
Carlos Ruiz will be in attendance at America’s Classic Ballpark. The R-Phils will be hosting the Akron RubberDucks. Following the game, the R-Phils will have a ceremony for Carlos Ruiz followed by fireworks. They also have Carlos Ruiz bobbleheads and ceremony 32oz cups for the first 2,000 adults 15 and older.
In addition, Carlos Ruiz Hall of Fame night will also feature a pre-game and post-game concert by “Elvis”! Accomplished Elvis Tribute Performer Jeff Krick Jr. will provide the entertainment. The pre-game “Elvis” concert is presented by Rusty Rail Brewing Company, and features a Happy Hour with $1 off select beer in the Yuengling Hometown Taproom. The post-game “Elvis” concert is presented by St. Boniface Craft Brewing.
Tickets for the Carlos Ruiz Baseballtown Hall of Fame Night are on sale now at rphils.com/tickets, or visit the Weidenhammer Ticket Office at FirstEnergy Stadium, or call 610-370-BALL.
Ruiz was a member of the R-Phils in 2003 and 2004, when he hit .278 with 19 home runs and 66 RBIs combined over 153 games. The 2004 season pushed Ruiz into the limelight and into prospect status. Later that year, he attended the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Phillies 40-man roster. After a season in Triple-A, Ruiz made his Major League debut with the Phillies on May 6, 2006. A native of David, Panama, Ruiz was signed by the Phillies on December 4, 1998.
A 12-year big-league veteran, Ruiz finished his career following the 2017 season. In 1,136 MLB games (1,069 with Philadelphia), Ruiz hit .273/.330/.422 with 52 home runs and 278 RBIs. He was a National League All-Star with the Phillies in 2012, a year in which he hit a career-best .325. Ruiz threw out 27% of opposing base-stealers throughout his Major League career, including a career-best 41.7% in 2016, which led the National League. After 11 seasons with the Phillies, Ruiz was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2016, and appeared in 53 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2017 before retiring at age 38. He actually pitched in one game for the Mariners, his only professional appearance on the mound.
Ruiz was a member of the World Series Championship team in 2008, going 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, four walks, and a home run in the series to help lift Philadelphia to its first World Series title since 1980. He is the MLB record holder, along with Jason Varitek, for the most career no-hitters caught (4). These include Roy Halladay’s perfect game for the Phillies against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010, and Halladay’s playoff no-hitter over the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 NLDS – only the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history.
Gotta love Chooch. If you’re around, go show some love, drink some beers, and enjoy a night out in Baseballtown. As for the Phillies, they are back in action tonight in New York against the Yankees. Aaron Nola is on the mound.
Mandatory Credit: Reading Fightin Phils