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The making of an All-Star catcher

Originally a second baseman, Carlos Ruiz has become a mainstay for Phillies

Originally Published: August 2, 2012
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: This story is available in Spanish here.

On the first day of Carlos Ruiz's career, he marveled at how much smaller he was than most players. He had arrived at the Philadelphia Phillies' complex in the Dominican Republic in 1998 as perhaps the most unheralded player in the organization.

Ruiz had signed for a measly $8,000, which meant he was picked up on a lark because he was converting from a second baseman into a catcher, a position he had never played. To even ...

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