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(Reading, Pa.)---2012 Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the
Year Darin Ruf will be returning to Reading on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the
Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel for the 2013 Phillies Winter Banquet. Along with Ruf,
Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Assistant General Manager
of Amateur Scouting Marti Wolever, Director of Player Development Joe Jordan,
Assistant Director of Player Development Steve Noworyta and Phillies television
play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy will appear at the event.
In his 2012 campaign, Ruf hit .317 (155-for-489) with 32
doubles and 104 RBIs in addition to a single-season franchise record 38 home
runs, breaking Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard's mark of 37 set in 2004.
His 20 home runs in August tied Chicago Cubs great Sammy Sosa's professional
baseball record of home runs hit in a single month. For
his efforts, Ruf was presented with the Joe Bauman Award in November as the
minor league player with the most homers in the 2012 season.
The Omaha, Nebraska native also set two more Reading
franchise records during his historical 2012 season. Ruf eclipsed Greg
Luzinski's 42-year old record of 287 total bases with 303 last year. He also
became the first player in the 46-year history of the Reading Fightin Phils to
knock in 30 home runs and 30 doubles in a single-season. He was named the
recipient of the 2012 Paul Owens Award as the best player in the Phillies minor
His play earned him a promotion to the Philadelphia
Phillies on Sept. 10. In his first start with the team on Sept. 25, Ruf hit his
first major league home run against the Washington Nationals. Through 12 games
with Philadelphia, Ruf hit .333 (11-for-33) with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Since he was named general manager of the Phillies in
November of 2008, Amaro has made a handful of acquisitions that has resulted in
the Phillies winning three NL East division titles, one NL pennant, and
capturing the best record in the majors in both 2010 and 2011 (97-65 and 102-60,
respectively). Prior to his career as a baseball executive, Amaro spent five
seasons with the Phillies as a player (1992-93, 1996-98) in his eight seasons in
Wolever was named the team's assistant general manager of
amateur scouting in February of 2012. The Omaha, Nebraska native has overseen
the drafts that brought the Phillies Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick,
and fellow banquet guest Ruf.
Jordan is entering his second season as the director of
player development after spending seven years as the director of scouting with
the Baltimore Orioles. Among the
players he selected with Baltimore were left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz,
catcher Matt Wieters, and outfielder Nolan Reimold.
Noworyta joined the Phillies on October 26, 1988 after
spending 16 years in the Chicago White Sox organization. He oversees the
Phillies affiliates in the Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Florida
State, Eastern, and International Leagues.
who will serve as the event's Master of Ceremonies, is entering his sixth year
doing Phillies television play-by-play. In his first run with the club, he spent
five seasons (2001-05) as the host of the pre- and post-game radio shows, while
also doing radio play-by-play. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, McCarthy
also hosted his own weekday afternoon-drive show on ESPN Radio 920 AM, which
concentrated on local sports. He spent the 2006-07 seasons as a radio
broadcaster with the New York Mets on WFAN before returning to the Phillies in
November of 2007.
The banquet begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.
followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner. The event will feature prizes, auction items,
highlight videos, dinner, and more. As in the past, the 2013 King of
Baseballtown will be crowned at the event.
Tickets for the banquet cost $65 each or $600 for a
10-person table and can currently be purchased in-person at the Fightins Ticket
Office, online at Fightins.com,
or by phone at 610-370-BALL. Proceeds from the event benefit Baseballtown
Charities, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to keep baseball alive
in Reading so the youth can benefit from the many life lessons the game teaches.
The Fightin Phils will kick off their home schedule on
Friday, April 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium when the team takes on the Erie
SeaWolves. Season ticket plans, mini-plans, and group tickets for 2013 can be
purchased online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, and in-person by
visiting the Fightins Ticket Office at FirstEnergy Stadium.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.