By Michael Bennett

Chooch is returning to the scene of his greatest triumphs.

At 38, Carlos Ruiz has batting average sits at .115 in 26 at-bats in limited time for the Seattle Mariners.

But his 12-year major league career has been filled with excellence at Citizens Bank Park, where the Mariners are headed for a two-game series tonight and tomorrow..

“I have a lot of memories from there,” Ruiz told “I remember my first day when I got called up. I remember winning the World Series. That’s the whole goal. Catching on all those teams, I had a great time, and I can’t wait to go back and see all my old friends and teammates. It’ll be special.”

“When I got the call that I’d been traded to Seattle, I checked the schedule and said, ‘Oh, there’s two games in Philly,'” Ruiz said. “I can’t wait. I’m excited. But at the same time, I’m very happy to be here and be part of this team.”

Ruiz is a career .265/.351/.391 hitter, but it didn’t always come easily.

“I definitely had struggles when I first came up,” Ruiz said. “We won the World Series in ’08 in my second [full] year and we tried so hard to put the offense together. I hit .219, but .308 in the playoffs, and we won the championship by playing together and working hard.”


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