Matt Bush: Troubled former Rays prospect signs with Rangers – Details

Updated: December 19, 2015
Matt Bush: Troubled former Rays prospect signs with Rangers - Details

Matt Bush, the 2004 No. 1 overall pick, has been given another chance at professional baseball almost four years after driving while impaired and nearly killing a motorcyclist, an incident that landed him in jail for nearly three years.

Matt Bush was arrested for multiple DUI-related charges in 2012 while in spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit a 72-year-old man with his car and then ran over his head while fleeing the scene.

He accepted the 51-month plea agreement and was released in October after serving 34 months and will now get another chance to play baseball.

Bush, 29, was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Padres out of Mission Bay High as a shortstop in 2004 and has never reached the majors as he’s had multiple run-ins with the law.

Shortly after being drafted he was arrested for his part in a bar fight in Arizona.

After struggling to hit in the minors, the Padres converted Bush to a pitcher but suffered a setback when he had Tommy John surgery in 2008.

In 2009, Bush allegedly assaulted two Granite High lacrosse players and the Padres traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays shortly after that.

The Blue Jays then released Bush after a drunken run-in with the police while at a party in Dunedin, Florida.

Tampa Bay then signed him in 2011 and he was in their minor league system until the incident in 2012.

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