Carlos Ruiz back in Philadelphia as Phillies host Mariners

Carlos Ruiz returns to Philadelphia
Carlos Ruiz makes his return to Philadelphia and Citizens Bank Park tonight as the Phillies host the Seattle Mariners in a quick two-game set.

Ruiz, a fan-favorite, spent 11 seasons with the Phillies and played a pivotal role in their dominance from 2007 until 2011. The image of him leaping into the arms of closer Brad Lidge after a strikeout to end the 2008 World Series is one of the city's iconic sports moments.

"Philadelphia holds a special place to me," Ruiz said prior to Tuesday's contest. "I accomplished a lot here and I'll never forget my time in this city."

Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Panama in 1998, the 38-year-old made his debut in pinstripes in 2006. Over his career in Philadelphia he played in 1,069 games - fifth most for a catcher in franchise history - and was named an All-Star in 2012. He ranks second all-time in franchise WAR for a catcher (22.3) behind only Darren Daulton (24.4).

"Together, we had a great group of guys," Ruiz said of his teammates in Philadelphia. "Without them, I'm not too sure we would have accomplished so much."

The 38-year-old was traded by the Phillies last August to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers then sent him to Seattle in an off-season trade. He's now in the final year of a four-year deal worth $30 million.

"We'll see," Ruiz said when asked what's next. "Still have plenty of season to go."

In limited playing time he's hitting just .115 (3-for-26) for the Mariners.

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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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