Chooch may not put up earth–shattering batting numbers. He’s never reached 10 HR’s or had more than 54 RBI’s in a season. But he has been the BEST defensive catcher in the bigs the past 4 seasons. If his last name was Molina, he’d have 3 gold gloves already. But poor Carlos was born a Ruiz and thus works his tools of ignorance in nationwide anonymity. Compare Ruiz to Yadier Molina the past 2 full seasons:
Avg. 2B HR RBI
Ruiz .280 54 17 96
Y. Molina .278 44 12 116
The big difference is that Molina has 3 Gold Gloves and 2 All-Star appearances. Chooch has none and zero.
I know he is hurt right now and wasn’t having the best statistical season, but Ruiz was worthy and received MVP consideration last season. And I’m talking league MVP not team. He finished 17th in NL MVP voting. The only other catcher to receive votes in the NL was Buster Posey.
All too often
fans are so busy being critical and demanding we forget to take the time to appreciate the great athletes we do have while they are at the top of their game. Ruiz is 32 years old. He is a catcher. We won’t have many more opportunities to do right by him. Philadelphia
The Phillies have the highest average attendance in MLB let alone the NL which gives Chooch an immediate edge, but second is the San Francisco Giants and the aforementioned Posey. So vote early and vote often. Both in person and online. Urge your section’s usher to COLLECT the ballots. If not find a ballot box and stuff it. Stuff it like the Yankees rotation stuffs its faces at the buffet.