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Phillies Player Review: Carlos Ruiz

Posted by Corey Seidman, Wed, October 10, 2012 07:00 AM | Comments: 74
2012 Player Reviews

Carlos Ruiz set career-highs in 2012 in eight offensive categories.

Beginning today, we will examine the 2012 season of one Phillies player per day. First up is starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

The Phillies’ 2012 season was filled with disappointment and unexpectedly poor production from key players. But despite a team-wide lack of consistency, Carlos Ruiz remained steady from April to September, hitting well no matter the situation or lineup context.

A foot injury limited Ruiz to just 114 games, but he hit .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI. Every one of those numbers was a career-high, as were his 56 runs scored, 32 doubles and 16 hit by pitches.

Many kept waiting for Ruiz to slow down and, while he did in the second half, he was still among the game’s most productive catchers. He hit .313 in April, .418 in May, .337 in June, .288 in July and .271 in September after missing most of August. His lowest monthly OPS was .808.

Most impressive was Ruiz’s production with runners in scoring position — he hit .368 with a .600 slugging percentage.

Among major-league catchers with at least 400 plate appearance, Ruiz was second in batting average and slugging percentage only to NL MVP front-runner Buster Posey. He was third in OBP, behind Posey and former batting champ Joe Mauer.

To top it all off, he was extremely valuable behind the plate. Phillies pitchers are always quick to praise Chooch after a strong start — whether it’s Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee — but he also provided defensive value when it came to stolen bases. Ruiz nailed 33 of 97 would-be base stealers for a caught stealing rate of 34 percent. Only four major-league catchers played as many innings as Chooch and had better success throwing out runners: Matt Wieters, Miguel Montero, Yadier Molina and Ryan Hanigan.

For years, I personally always thought Ruiz’s balance at the plate and batting stance made it look like he was going to launch any ball he connected with. In 2012, so many of those swings actually connected, leading to plenty of doubles in the left-centerfield gap or homers to a similar location.

Ruiz’s progression into a dominant offensive player has been one of the more positive, heartwarming developments of the last few Phillies seasons. This is a guy who went from undrafted international free agent infielder, to organizational catcher, to backup backstop, to solid defensive starting catcher, to big-time playoff performer, to well above-average offensive catcher.

Ruiz, who has a $5 million team option for 2013 that Ruben Amaro Jr. has already said the Phillies will pick up, was once just another catcher. I remember four years ago — when Ruiz was dwindling in the .240-.250 range after hitting .219 in 2008 — having a conversation with Eric about how Ruiz hadn’t grabbed the job by the throat. That Chris Coste was capable of providing just as much offense. That the Phillies needed to seriously look for external catching help. That all seems absurd these days.

Now, Chooch has cemented a legacy as one of the most storied players in franchise history, the type of guy fans will give a massive ovation to every time he makes an appearance at Citizens Bank Park for alumni day when his playing days are over. He might be the most likable player of this era of Phillies baseball.

He was certainly their best offensive performer in 2012.

GRADE: A+ … he was the best Phillie offensively and had a great year behind the plate. How could you go with any other grade?

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Yes to all and your admission that Chooch wouldnt pan out was admirable. If not for Chooch this season might of have been worse. J-Roll for one needs to step it up. Thats another article in itself.

     
    • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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      One of the best at his position needs to step it up. Lol.

       
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Yep hitting wise. Pop up J-Roll.

     
    • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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      Last 4 months of the season:

      player A .255/.326/.483/.808, 46 BB, 21 HR
      player B:.245/.322/.487/.809, 41 BB, 22 HR

      Player A is Rollins. Player B is Josh Hamilton. It’s not very flattering for a corner outfielder’s offense to be compared to a shortstop’s.

      Rollins actually snapped out of his slump earlier, in early May.

      Since May 11: .255/.324/.466/.791

      Rollins has really only had two seasons in his career that were clearly better offensively than this year: 2007 and 2008. I think it’s delusional to expect even more when he’ll be 34 next year.

       
  • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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    Corey, well said. By the way, here are the top players in the NL this year in WAR, normalized to a constant 700 plate appearances:

    9.18 – Posey (8.0 fWAR in 610 PAs)
    9.14 – Ruiz (5.5 in 421)
    8.69 – Votto (5.9 in 475)
    8.17 – Braun (7.9 in 677)
    8.15 – Wright (7.8 in 670)

     
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    The LA Times has reported that the team is looking to add another stud to their starting rotation, and the top free agent on the market is Zack Greinke. The 28-year-old went 15-5 this season for the Milwaukee Brewers and LA Angels, and the veteran pitcher has experience in pressure situations.

     
  • Posts: 0 ARc

     
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      Dude – this isn’t even a current blog. It’s from July. This has no relevance now.

       
      • Posts: 0 ARc

        Dude, youre absolutely wrong. This has as much relevance today than it did 90 days ago, maybe even more now.

         
    • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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      Jesus, I never let myself get roped in like this. UGH! Just in case you didn’t notice the topic of this posting is Carlos Ruiz.

      But you you trawled the waters and hooked me anyway, so lets go.

      “the reality is, Lee and Halladay are 33 years old and 35 years old respectively and they are pitching like it. ”

      Rudansky lumps them together like they are f’n twins, he makes totally absurd arguments, and uses absolutely no metrics to back up his assertion. Halladay and Lee pitched NOTHING like each other this season.

      There are ZERO good reasons “why” in that 3 month old article. So, what are your reasons?

      AND PLEASE! – Make it brief, – reading your comments is like climbing a mountain with no summit. Take your time thinking about it, and when you’re ready, just make your point.

      And stop with the god damn english teacher shit, we’re just baseball fans commenting on a blog. Making your point doesn’t require a wall of words to climb.

      Please formulate a concise answer and get back to me in the Cliff Lee thread, Okay? I’ll be back later.

       
      • Posts: 0 ARc

        And Philly fans wonder where the reputation of our fans as being labeled as jerks comes from.lol

         
      • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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        at least one of the requests was satisfied ;-)

         
      • Posts: 1135 EricL

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        lol.

         
      • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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        Well since it’s been almost 2 hours, and I see nothing in the Cliff Lee posting, I’ll have to assume you’ve given it your best shot, but fell short.

        All you could come up with was calling me a name. I have to say, not a particularly impressive effort there.

        I don’t call names by the way, I just ignore those who, given a chance to increase their steadily declining credibility, fail miserably.

         
      • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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        Lefty, it’s futile attempt with this clown.

         
      • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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        I know Chuck, I got baited by his comment, and asked him one question “What are your reasons for wanting to trade Cliff Lee?” but for some unknown reason he is incapable of answering the question within Eric’s- Cliff Lee posting.

        Corey worked hard and wrote a nice piece about Chooch and it’s like ARc didn’t even see it. Clearly I shouldn’t have taken the bait. I feel bad that I did that to Corey now.

        But this ARc guy is good at telling people where commas should be placed though, -I don’t know, I gotta stop this.

        I really don’t hate on anyone, I just won’t read any more of his comments. We can all coexist if we just ignore what we don’t care for. I apologize to Corey, Brian or anyone else that I may have offended today. I got a little worked up, sorry, we usually keep it light here, this is a friendly place.

         
      • Posts: 0 George

        Lefty, don’t worry about it. If any of us didn’t get worked up once in a while, we wouldn’t be human.

        By the way, yesterday was when I stopped caring about what ARc has to say. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get aggravated with having to use my curser key so frequently to avoid his comments. Loading all his crap slows down the PhilliesNation site, too.

         
      • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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        Thanks George, appreciate it.

         
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        well ARc i never read bleacher report! i did till i realised what nitwits they are! i read one aeticle there befor last season . the so-called writer wrote that the phillies biggest need going into this season was to sign madson because we needed a closer! this was a full month after we signed paps! that was enough for me! and to suggest that lee and doc pitched the same? i’m not even gonna comment on that! i will say this i’m a phillie fan i bleed red! been one for 52 of my 62 years and i am a jerk! and it takes one to know one!

         
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    In other news Charlie manuel has done an early fall press conference addressing the teams looming issues: http://youtu.be/M8Q4IxITJZ4

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    No higher accolade than an A+
    Choochie seemed to come through when we needed him the most, offensively and defensively – what fun to watch.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      yea brooks you said it all man! can’t agree more. chooch will be forever be remembered folklore long after he’s done playing. i just hope he stays here till he’s done. i’m hoping that once his skills diminish that he doesn’t go anywhere else. i’d like to see him hang his spikes as a phillie.

       
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    He really was a beast this year. My favorite for several years now.

     
  • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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    “J-Roll for one needs to step it up.” “Yep hitting wise. Pop up J-Roll.” …..

    ….. and the hatred for Jimmy Rollins continues on…. I’m just shaking my head.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Dont hate him Chuck A

     
    • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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      I don’t hate him but it sure seems like you do from your negative comments about him.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        hey there chuck! i ain’t sayin nothin about jimmy! get it! lol i mean mr rollins, james. j-roll.etc.

         
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    Phillies management has long maintained that the luxury tax threshold won’t get in its way. Considering said way was paved when they passed on the Dodgers waiver claim of Cliff Lee (and his $24 million average salary), a reach here might not be out of the realm.

    Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers becomes a free agent after the season, and it might be a good idea for GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. to target the left-handed power hitter. Hamilton is currently mired in a miserable slump but he’s still hitting .281/.351/.578 with 29 home runs and 84 RBIs this season, and that should probably get him a five-year deal worth at least $100 million.
    That’s a lot of money for the Phillies to pay, especially considering they already owe a great deal to seven players – $25 million to Cliff Lee, $20 million to Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, $15 million to Chase Utley and Cole Hamels, and $11 million to both Jonathan Papelbon and Jimmy Rollins. That’s close to $120 million for that group, although the team did save a lot of money by trading Hunter Pence (who was set to make about $14.3 million in his final year of arbitration this year), and if they don’t bring back Joe Blanton (which they won’t), that’s another $8.5 million or so they save.
    Hamilton is a left-handed power hitter who can run the bases well and play all three outfield positions. He’s a former number one overall draft pick who has famously had his share of off-the-field issues, including some recent slip-ups, and that’s always a concern to a team thinking about giving him a long-term deal. And he’s also in a terrible slump right now, having batted .185 in the last 33 games, and he’s been especially poor as of late, as he’s 10 for his last 66 (.152) with 21 strikeouts.
    But I think he’s just going through a particularly rough streak, which happens to the best of players. Albert Pujols has started off each of the last two seasons very slow, and he’s fine now. Derek Jeter had an 0-for-32 slump in April of 2004. Great players have bad streaks, although Hamilton’s is especially bad right now.
    But he has unbelievable potential, and he would fit well on the 2013 Phillies. The Rangers still haven’t signed Hamilton to an extension, which means they may not want him in their future plans, considering what he’ll be worth.
    I wouldn’t be opposed to batting Utley leadoff to break up the lefties (Utley, Howard, and Hamilton), and because Utley would probably make a pretty good lefty – he reaches base, hits for average and power, and can run well, plus he’s very smart. The Phillies plan to enter ’13 as World Series contenders, even though they’ve been stuck in last place in the NL East for much of the season and they’re not going to make the playoffs this year.
    Going for Hamilton would be a bold statement, and Amaro loves doing that. After all, he brought in Halladay, Lee (twice), Roy Oswalt, and Papelbon. The Phillies could always go with homegrown Mayberry, Jr. to see if he can last the whole year and play well, but that’s unlikely to happen. They could also go for a semi-expensive player like Michael Bourn. But going for Hamilton would be fun. He would be a fan favorite in Philly and he’s the kind of player that could push the Phillies back into serious playoff contention for next season.

    Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2012/08/02/why-the-philadelphia-phillies-should-target-josh-hamilton-in-the-offseason/?epbEEWS9Vyt1e8ba.99

     
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    With very little hope of playing baseball this October, it will not be too surprising to see the Phillies go after big name players to cover the outfield.

    Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn could all be on Philadelphia’s radar in the offseason. All three are free agents in 2013.

    Hamilton would cost Philadelphia a lot of money, but may be the best player in baseball. Upton and Bourn would be much cheaper alternatives.

    “We have some holes to fill and some things to improve on, obviously,” Amaro said. “I think this gives us a better chance to do that.”

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    Why so much Jimmy hate? He is one of the best short stops in baseball both offensively and defensively?

     
  • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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    If there were a higher grade than A+, no one deserves it more than Ruiz, great review Corey.

     
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    2013 Phillies starting line up:

    1 Bourn lead off center hr 9 bats left
    2 Rollins ss/ 23 hr bats switch
    3 Utley 2nd hr 16 bats left
    4 Ryan howard 1st hr 33 bats left
    5 Hamilton left field 43hr bats left/delmon young left field bats right 18hr/melky cabrera left field 18hr bats switch
    6 Cody Ross right field 22 hr bats right/ Nick Swisher right field
    24 hr bats switch
    7 Ruiz catcher hr 16 bats right
    8 Bj Upton 3rd 28 hr bats right/Jeff keppinger 3rd hr 9 bats bats right

     
    • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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      BJ Upton is an outfielder.

       
      • Posts: 0 ARc

        he can play third

         
      • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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        Depends on one’s definition of “can”. As I said a couple days ago when your first proposed that: he was a SS in the minors, and mostly played 3B when he first came up in 2004-06, before moving to CF. He may have the athleticism to become passable there defensively (eventually), but he wasn’t very good then and now hasn’t played there in 6 years.

         
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      I don’t quite get the hard on for BJ Upton. 1) he played 3rd base last in 2006 and then for only 50 games as a rookie. 2) He does have decent power but also sports a whopping .255 batting average, last besting the .250 mark back in 2008.
      Yes, he does have decent speed but he also strikes out a lot and has played primarily as a CF (more than 90% of his field time has been on the grass).
      BJ had a 1 year contract for 7 mil – I don’t know his agent but would imagine he’ll be looking for 8 to 10 mil a year.
      I’m not impressed and I believe that Kevin Frandsen has the job until he loses it.
      Now, lets concentrate on the OF. Hamilton sounds expensive…

       
    • Posts: 0 brooks

      Batting 6th – Cody Ross –
      Well that says it all. Sorry Arc – you should probably crawl back under the rock. There isn’t a person in the entire PN that has ANY not even a LITTLE respect for Betsy Ross..
      You sir (or child, I’ve got a feeling) are not a fan of the Phils.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        i’m sorry man but cody ross? no effin way i hate that guy!

         
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said publicly that outfielders will be his top priority during the offseason. He traded Shane Victorino because he wanted an upgrade in center field. There would be no better upgrade than signing Hamilton.

    Hamilton wouldn’t be the leadoff hitter that the Phillies lineup needs. But Philadelphia also needs offensive production of any kind from its outfield. Amaro would probably prefer a right-handed bat to put between Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But for a player with Hamilton’s talent, he’d probably overlook that slight deficiency.

    The primary question with the Phillies is whether or not they could meet Hamilton’s price. Hamilton will probably get in excess of $20 million per season. That’s more than the Phillies can afford to pay if they want to stay under the luxury tax threshold, which is Amaro’s intention.

    Giving Hamilton big money would also prevent Amaro from using available funds to fill other holes on the roster, such as one or two outfield spots and third base.

    However, the opportunity to get Hamilton might be too great to resist. Perhaps Amaro would consider trading Cliff Lee to make sure he gets a superstar outfielder.

     
  • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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    ARc – Where did you come from? On second thought… never mind.

    Look….as I said earlier, Upton is an outfielder. This notion that he “can” play third base is ridiculous. And Cliff Lee is NOT going anywhere….nor should he. Not for Josh Hamilton or anybody else. With Halladay and Worley question marks going into next season the LAST thing the Phillies need to do is to trade one of their 2 best starting pitchers.

     
    • Posts: 0 ARc

      like i said, Upton can play third base, http://www.baseballreference.com/players/u/uptonbj01.shtml and with Hamilton in the outfield would it matter how great a third baseman is? Also, if you looked on my list, you would have seen “jeff Keppinger” also. What planet am i from? One where we evidently use our eyes.

       
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      chuck the rock brooks refered to that this came out from under is probably from ny. and as much as people wish hamilton would sign with the phils? NO injured too offen and way too much money! i’d rather sign two OF who are consistant hitters with some power and speed . i think a trade and a free agent signing would do that! the upton brothers! get a little family competition going.with ruf in left. and it woohoo time!

       
  • Posts: 0 ARc

    For all the self styled baseball big heads on here; I have made a case for every assertion I have posed. With the exception of my Amaro “miser” comment which ericL called me out on, my speculations are valid. You baseball blogging aficionados (its amazing with all of your baseball know how that you are stuck posting on a message board) obviously have your preferences, but not one of you can say your way is the best way. At best, you make statements based mostly on your cognitive heuristics(look up the f**cking word, you might learn something), and spew statistical data with no knowledge of statistical postulates. As “lefty”, “righty” or what ever a bloggers name said, we’re just fans, and thats as far as you can go with your theories, but dont tread on mine cause im not in your bad boys club.

    I have made my case, if youre confused go back on the boards a read up, or dont, but dont forget to internalize my premises first as to which my arguments are built on. They are inductive by nature, which means they could be wrong, but maybe not. Short of scientific journals I try to produce independent data, but a good deal of baseball is, after all speculative. One thing I think we all can agree on is that we all want the best for the Phils,
    and want to bring home the trophy.

    Finally, I blog for the enjoyment of challenging different p.o.v. I refuse to respond to posters who are not able to articulate their point without becoming belligerent. If you disagree; do so, but show some class.

    Again, you got my line up, you got my payroll considerations, and you got my trades.
    You dont agree, fine, but lets leave it at that.

     
    • Posts: 3087 Chuck A.

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      You sound pretty belligerent yourself…as well as condescending. But whatever…it takes all kinds in this world.

      As for your statement that your speculations are “valid”…you are wrong about BJ Upton. Getting him so he can play third base is just plain dumb.

       
      • Posts: 0 ARc

        Maybe in your world, calling a possibility “dumb” holds weight, but in my world you need a little thing called “evidence”/ or reasoning to back up your claim.

        Again, neanderthal grunts of disapproval dont impress me, they only make you look real ignorant, and really hurt your credibility in any subsequent statements you might make.

        Just stick to justifying your claims.

         
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      all right ARc now you got my dago up as we italians like to say! lighten up pal we say dumb trades me included. and please don’t lecture me on my english know how! i don’t care about it! if you can read what i’m typing then you have the smarts to understand what i’m saying. got that pal? i’m 62 wasn’t good at english ! enough of that! you’re smart get over it, give yourself a hug and tell yourself how smart you are.
      now if you make a trade suggestion and we think it’s dumb, somebody here is gonna tell ya! on the other hand if you think something that any of us suggest is dumb, tell us! isn’t that easy? even a smart guy like you can get that right?
      by the way there is no bad boys club here! i don’t know any of these guys personally. only from here and you know what? they’re a good bunch of people. as far as our expertise. if we were experts we’d be working for the phils , and i was there and you worked under me and you made those trade suggestions i’d fire you smartypants ass! that wouldn’t be the only reason i fired you! i’m old and my back would bother me bending down to talk to you! you see when i talk to someone i wanna make eye contact. and with your head sticking out of your ( a double scribble) ( look that up!) then you’d be outta here. OK NURSE SEND IN THE NEXT PATIENT.

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    Chooch, a bright shining light from the season. It was almost automatic towards the end of the season- player in scoring position, he’s gonna knock that run in. Amazing dependability when many on the roster weren’t dependable.

    As far as next year goes, what would it cost the phillies to trade for justin upton? And what would it cost to sign BJ Upton? Upton bros outfield with Dom Brown and Mayberry platooning would be pretty sweet (maybe brown just starting). I know I’m probably dreaming but I like good stories, and uniting brothers is a good story.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I thought this post and responses were supposed to be focused on Chooch? So, I will follow suit: I agree that his grade is an A+. He was a monster offensively and helped the team greatly both with calling games and helping to decide them with his bat. Hopefully, with Kratz as his back-up and a healthy Carlos, we are locked up tight at catcher. Go Phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    Wow, Hunter Pence’s speech turned this series around…

    “Get in here, everyone get in here. Look into each other eyes. Now! Look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you. It’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on and no matter what happens we must not give in. We owe it to
    each other. Play for each other. I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what Ryan Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Ryan Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs. Play for each other not yourself. Win each moment. Win each inning. It’s all we have left.” – Hunter Pence before NLDS Game 3

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      But that speech didn’t actually do anything. He could have given that same speech and the team could have lost 10 nothing. Do you think the Nationals lost today because nobody gave a good enough speech, or because the other team outplayed them?

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        i laughed eric when i read what you posted! not at it. but it reminded me of something george carlin said years ago. with some reference to your post. he said in wars all through the ages people go out before battle and say” god is on our side” and then carlin says . an arrow comes flying through the air and last right smack in the middle of his chest! and the says before he drops ” oh shit he’s on the others side!”

         
    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      You left out the last sentence. It was “lets eat”

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Wow. He was much more articulate there then when he gave his “Let’s go eat!” assessment. Lol. Good for Pence. I wonder who would give a speech like that in our current clubhouse? Maybe Chase? Doc?

     
    • Posts: 0 ARc

      its a different culture over there, I think allot more positive.

       
      • Posts: 0 c schreiber

        “allot”.???????????????

         
      • Posts: 1135 EricL

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        When the front office gives out The Positive, San Fransisco’s front office allots more Positive to their players than Philadelphia’s front office allots.

        Maybe Positive is a euphemism for steroids or amphetamines or something.

         
  • Posts: 0 BobS

    As a lifelong Philly sports fan I really admire the way Chooch plays the game. He certainly doesnt go out looking for headlines or accolades. He just shows up every day ready to play. He goes about his business with quiet dignity, like he feels honored to be playing baseball at the highest level. He has earned our respect and we are lucky to have him here. A true fan favorite.

     
    • Posts: 0 The SlatMan

      Couldn’t say it any better BobS… Chooch is the type of player that Philly phans want to see at the ballpark, and the love the phans have for the guy is more than well deserved

       
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Anyone checking the Orioles/Yanks? Raul with a solo shot in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 2 – incredible.

     
    • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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      I saw it. Raul was the perfect signing for them, short porch in right, doesn’t have to play the field much. The guy has been clutch.

      P.S.-Pkg is in the mail.

       
      • Posts: 573 Bruce

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        Rauu-u-ul… great story tonight for former Phillie favorite, Raul Ibanez who performed heroics once more with a walk-off HR in the 12th inning to win it for the Yankees over the Orioles after he tied the game earlier in the 9th with a pinch hit HR. Amazing.

        He is the first player in postseason history with a homer in the ninth inning and a homer in extra innings in the same game. He is also the oldest player at age 40 to hit a walk-off HR in the post season.

        Ibanez has been on a roll of late. With his pinch-hit HR tonight, it is his third game-tying HR in the 9th inning or later in the last three weeks. Yes, as Lefty stated, he has been “clutch”.

        Congratulations Ibanez and you have our best wishes for continued success in the playoffs… Rauu-u-ul

         
      • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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        True, gotta love as their sign says “Rah Hool” – weird.
        But honestly, I would not mind seeing the Orioles knock off the Yanks, F* the Yanks.

         
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Chuck i dont hate Rollins. I simply think he can do better. At times he seems to be winging it to me. I also dont understand the huge fascination with Upton. Sure he can knock in some HR’s. Looks like he strikes out a ton doesnt take too many BB, OBP is low and his BA. The strikeouts and the lack of BB is exactly what most blog posters complained about. Here we are adding the same exact player again. Might as well re-sign Shane then. ???? Correct me if im wrong. Im not into stats and advanced metrics and all other zobilee zoo formulas.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    I’m sure this will sound picky, but if you give Chooch an A+, there’s nothing better. Where does that leave the grading system with room for grading the likes of Trout and Cabrera. And even at least perceived a fair amount less valuble, although he may win the NL MVP, which Chooch won’t, what does that leave for Buster Posey’s grade? It might seem silly to take away from a player’s mark because he missed time due to injury, but the fact of the bottom line is Chooch missed a month of production. I’d give him an A, as opposed to A+, but that doesn’t take away 1 bit of respect and admiration for his performance.

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      I’m sure the A+ was given because Ruiz exceeded expectations by a huge margin. Posey, Trout, and others also had tremendous years, but given their projected abilities, did they go as far with them as Ruiz did with his?

      You can still give them A+ grades, or even A++ if you like. But when a player goes so consistently beyond his perceived talent level, I’d give him that high grade, too. Without Ruiz, the Phils would have been battling the Marlins for last place.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        “Trout, and others also had tremendous years, but given their projected abilities, did they go as far with them as Ruiz did with his? ”

        To me, I’d respond to that in Trout’s case with a resounding yes.

         
    • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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      Ken, I think you have a reasonable objection. Missing a month probably should be taken into account. The problem for me is that he’s been an “A” player in my mind for many years now. Taking that into consideration, I’d have to grade him higher this year as he really stepped his game up.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        Ya know, the grading thing’s so subjective. Just as a general statement, looking back, I’d have been hesitant to rush to as high as A too far back. You could get into a can of worms on whether it’s the pitcher’s fault on steals, but Chooch hasn’t been real strong in that area. I last checked it over a year ago, and Yaddie kicked his ass. Maybe in the game of subjectivity with assigning grades, I’m applying a little higher standard with A’s, let alone A+. Ya understand I’m not criticizing the guy, but off the top of my head, he’s in the A- “range” since 2010, whatever your definition of “many” is.

        It’ll be interesting to see how he plays out regression. Geez, I mean ya certainly have to be open to it, terrific as he was this year.

         
      • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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        There were 30 catchers with 600+ innings this year, and out of those 30, Ruiz ranked 6th in % caught.

        I agree, he will almost certainly regress at least some in 2013, but I expect him to remain one of the best in the game. Here are two lists:

        Best hitting catchers in 2010-2012 (by OPS):
        1. Posey .893
        2. Napoli .875
        3. Martinez .847
        4. Ruiz .842
        5. Mauer .836

        Best overall catchers in 2010-2012 (by WAR):
        1. Molina 14.2
        2. Posey 14.0
        3. Ruiz 13.2
        4. Mauer 12.0
        5. McCann 11.6

         
      • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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        “In % caught”? Sorry Schmenkman, I don’t understand.

         
      • Posts: 904 schmenkman

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        % of base runners caught stealing

         
      • Posts: 5559 Lefty

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        Oh, of course- DOH!

        I thought you were referring to the fact that Posey and Napoli started some games at 1B, silly me.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Ken, you’re right though that he hasn’t usually been this good at throwing out runners. 28% for his career. 34% this year.

         
      • Posts: 1135 EricL

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        If I recall correctly, I don’t think he threw out any baserunners after he returned from his injury.

        As far as the A+ goes, not all A+ grades are the same. At my University, depending on the class, an A+ was anywhere from a 93-100%. Any performance at that level rates an A+, but some A-pluses are better than other A-pluses, if that makes sense.

         
 
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