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Philadelphia Phillies Announce Carlos Ruiz Has Won Mike Schmidt Team MVP Award

Howard Smith – US PRESSWIRE

According to the Twitter account of the Philadelphia Phillies, catcher Carlos Ruiz has been named the team’s 2012 Mike Schmidt team MVP.

Ruiz had a breakout campaign this year, hitting .328 with 14 home runs and a team-best .938 OPS. He added his usual strong defense behind the plate, made his first National League All-Star team, and seemed to be in the running for a top 10 finish in the league MVP voting until he missed extended time due to injury.

Ruiz has steadily improved as a hitter each year since he debuted with the Phillies. When the team won the World Series in 2008, Ruiz batted just .219 all season. He worked that up to .255 in 2009, .302 in 2010, .283 in 2011, and now a career-high .328. He has also set personal bests in runs scored (52), home runs (15), RBIs (62), slugging percentage (.542), OPS (.939), adjusted OPS (150), and hit by pitches (16).

Ruiz has actually been one of the best all-around players in the league this season, and if he hadn’t gotten hurt, he would get some MVP votes for a team that will miss the playoffs. Ruiz is fifth in the National League in batting average (if you lower the plate appearances down to 350), tied for fourth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage, and he’s 14th in overall WAR (5.3).

While Ruiz did win the team MVP award, let’s not forget the fantastic season that 33-year old Jimmy Rollins has been having as well: Rollins is the first shortstop of his age to put up 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season in history. He’s putting up the second-best fielding percentage at his position among National Leaguers, and he’s been one of the game’s hottest players over the past month.

And there’s also Juan Pierre, who was signed as an afterthought but has gone on to hit .313 with 35 stolen bases on an $800K deal.