Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

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Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008.
Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles per hour, and the next seven spots on the list all belong to pitches thrown by Joel Zumaya.
Zolecki also passes along an interesting tidbit from Society for American Baseball Research member Trent McCotter, who broke down the 19 pitches above 103.0 mph since 2008 as follows:
– 12 balls
– 3 foul strikes
– 2 called strikes
– 1 swinging strike
– 1 put in play
In other words, Ruiz is the only guy to even put a 103-or-higher pitch in play. The lesson? As always, Chooch is the man.

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: