Last week, the Phillies traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ruiz was traded for Dodger’s catcher A.J. Ellis.
His departure was an emotional one for his Phillies teammates and fans. “Chooch” was a respected member of the team and considered a leader within the Phillies family. Chooch joined the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1998 at the age of 19. In 2007, he was promoted to the majors and was part of the team during the Phillies’ 2008 World Series victory.