First of all, Happy Belated Birthday to Carlos Ruiz, who turned 30 yesterday.
Other Ruiz news came out today…The 2001 BlueClaw and current Phillies catcher will not play for his native Panama in the World Baseball Classic. He’s passing up the opportunity, which he took advantage of in 2006, because he doesn’t want to miss any spring training.
Phillies pitchers and catchers report on February 14th.
To see a list of past BlueClaws that have been named to World Baseball Classic rosters, click here.