Rays Sign Matt Bush

The Rays signed pitcher Matt Bush to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times

Bush, now 24, was the first overall pick by the Padres in the 2004 draft.  A shortstop at the time, Bush's signability pushed him past Stephen Drew, Jered Weaver, and Jeff Niemann on Kevin Towers' list.  He was arrested on felony assault charges weeks after the draft, resulting in a suspension.  Injuries hampered his progress, and the Padres converted him to pitching in May of '07.  He had Tommy John surgery later that year.

Bush was charged with assault again in February of '09, and the Padres designated Bush for assignment and traded him to the Blue Jays.  The Jays released him in April, and more incidents surfaced in June.


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23 Comments on "Rays Sign Matt Bush"


5 years 6 months ago

LOL. Why even bother.

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

The video of him crying as the police are arresting him is priceless!!!

link to break.com

deedublu
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks for posting that…Hilarious!

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

That video just MADE MY DAY!! Awesome!!

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

Wow.

What a waste of life.

mattinglyfan
5 years 6 months ago

Wow, that’s really sad, and pathetic. I hope he cleans up, maybe he should reach out to Josh Hamilton?

jhawk90
5 years 6 months ago

Too bad they didn’t sign Chien-Ming as well, this could have been an epic headline.

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

Rays take chance on wang and bush.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

LOL good luck with that “peach”.

Aranathor
5 years 6 months ago

oh for fu… it just annoys me that people with such talent waste it because they have a 5 cent head.
Kudos to Crash Davies

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

Worst 1st overall pick in the history of sports!!!

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Kwame Brown would like a word with you.

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

Kwame actually played in an NBA game though. Bush failed in the instructional league.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

He showed promise with the Lakers but he was traded.. for Gasol. Still can’t get over how that worked out.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

Speak of the devil. This guy was brought up along with the aforementioned names in the Kevin Towers thread.

He really is a pitiful human being.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

“Called to the Pen” HA

withpower
5 years 6 months ago

F***ing East County!!!!

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

LOL the rays have 3 1st overall picks in the farm, impressive, yet dissapointing. Maybe they can get luke hochevar off the royal’s hands while there at it.

gowpads
5 years 6 months ago

Is he going to the bullpen or the state pen?

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

Nope – he played in an NBA game, Bush hasn’t made it into A ball yet.

withpower
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah but Bullington really was very, very good. He just got hurt. You can argue he should have been taken after some of those guys, but at the time, he was right there with all of them.

Matt Bush was an obvious overdraft at the time. Many were shocked he was taken in the first round, let alone with the first overall pick.

MNTwins2010
5 years 6 months ago

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Triple Like!!

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

Giggling? I’d say more like Crying like a bitch!