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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Articles tagged: Matt Bush

Matt ****in Bush Will Throw a Lacrosse Player at You

I’m not sure there’s another player in baseball that’s never made it to the major leagues yet received as much coverage here at LBS as Matt Bush has. To refresh your memory, Bush was the top overall pick by the Padres some years ago, originally drafted to play shortstop. Once they found out he couldn’t hit a lick they tried to switch him to pitcher. Arm issues and off field incidents have derailed his career, starting with the fight he got into his first week with the team. Then last summer Bush got into yet another fight at a bar in Arizona. As if that wasn’t enough, Bush was involved in some other incidents at a high school in San Diego last month. Bush has just been charged with misdemeanor assault and it occurs to me that I never shared the details of the alleged assault. They are quite entertaining:

A witness, who requested his name not be used, told The San Diego Union-Tribune that Bush was drunk that day, threw a golf club into the dirt, picked up and threw a freshman lacrosse player and hit another one. The witness said Bush yelled “I’m Matt (expletive) Bush,” and “(expletive) East County” before driving over a curb in his Mercedes as he was leaving the campus.

Bush was cut by the Padres and picked up by the Blue Jays, though I’m not really sure why. Bush is actually facing four misdemeanor charges that could result in four years of jail (unlikely) and a $2,000 fine (very likely). Oh, and did I mention that he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest because he failed to show up at court on an underage drinking charge? This guy is certainly a beauty. At least he found something he could hit.

Bust Matt Bush Busted at Bar, Again

If this story looks familiar to you, it’s because we went through this whole thing four years ago. Matt Bush was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2004 MLB draft. The Padres took the local product ahead of top talents who have already produced in the big leagues such as Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver, because they were looking to cut costs. So far that strategy hasn’t paid off for them with Bush. Bush was suspended by the team before he even played a game in their system because of an altercation outside a nightclub. Yes, that was 18-year-old Matt Bush, the recent top overall pick in the draft, being arrested and charged for one felony and three misdemeanors. Despite saying he had changed, Bush was up to his old tricks recently, getting into another altercation at a Peoria bar. Nice. So far the Padres are playing the Fight Club response — the first rule about Matt Bush’s problems off the field is you do not talk about Matt Bush’s problems off the field.

This guy is just an utter mess. After stinking as a hitter trying to play shortstop in his first two years in the minors, the Padres decided to turn him into a pitcher. That plan was working — for like two weeks — until Bush hurt his elbow and had to get Tommy John surgery. And that brings us to the present day where Bush is supposed to be rehabbing his injury. Instead, Bush is spending his time getting into bar fights. Again. What a bust. Doesn’t he realize he has more responsibility as a first overall pick to represent his organization in a better light? Does he realize that he’s working on becoming the biggest bust in MLB draft history? Can he really be OK with that? How can he not have more pride than that? Makes you really scratch your head.

(via Ballhype)