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Matt Bush | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / SD
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Matt Bush made his major league debut Friday against the Blue Jays and struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning.
It was an impressive showing against some big boppers in Toronto’s lineup. Reaching the upper-90s with his fastball, Bush struck out Josh Donaldson looking before retiring Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The 2004 No. 1 overall pick is less than one year removed from serving 3 1/2 years in prison for a DUI hit-and-run, but he’s hoping to make the most out of another opportunity in the game. May 14 - 1:33 AM

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Rangers purchased the contract of OF Matt Bush from Double-A Frisco.

The former No. 1 overall pick spent three years in prison following a DUI hit-and-run but is now poised to make his major league debut as a 30-year-old. Bush put up a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Frisco this season.
May 13 - 3:30 PM

MLB.com's TR Sullivan hears that the Rangers will call up Matt Bush on Friday.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi has confirmed the report. A former No. 1 overall pick and shortstop who was in prison for three years following a DUI hit-and-run, Bush has resurrected his career as a pitcher. Now 30, he holds a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Double-A Frisco this season.
May 13 - 1:17 PM

Matt Bush threw two perfect innings in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs.

Bush delivered nine of his 10 pitches for strikes in the sixth inning and whiffed Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler to end the 1-2-3 frame. He then worked around a two-out walk for a scoreless seventh. The former No. 1 overall pick is trying to break back into baseball after spending over three years in prison for a 2012 DUI hit-and-run. He'll probably open the 2016 season with the Rangers' Double-A affiliate.
Mar 23 - 6:11 PM

Matt Bush is expected to pitch in the Rangers' Cactus League game against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Bush signed a minor league contract with the Rangers in December after completing a three-year prison sentence for a DUI hit-and-run. The former No. 1 overall pick is not in the mix for a spot on the major league roster, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that he has exceeded expectations on and off the field. He'll likely begin the season in Double-A.
Mar 22 - 11:16 AM

Rangers signed RHP Matt Bush to a minor league contract.

The former No. 1 overall pick recently completed a three-year prison sentence for a DUI hit-and-run. Slated to turn 30 in February, Bush last pitched in 2011 at Double-A with the Rays, posting a 4.83 ERA and 77/24 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Matt Bush will accept a plea deal from the state of Florida next week in order to end his DUI hit-and-run case.

Bush's father, Daniel, said the plea will involve a prison sentence of at least three years, not including the time already served in a Charlotte County Jail. Bush, who will turn 27 in February, was the No. 1 pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Obviously, his future in baseball is very much up in the air.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Rays released RHP Matt Bush.

Bush is still in a Charlotte County Jail after being arrested in March on charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage for hitting a motorcyclist and fleeing the scene. Now 26 years old, Bush was the No. 1 pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 04:37:00 PM

A judge in Charlotte County, Florida has reduced Matt Bush's bail from $1.015 million to $440,000.

The number is still probably out of Bush's price range, considering the reports that he had only $2,000 left in his bank account when he struck a 72-year-old motorcyclist in March while drunk. The former No. 1 overall pick is facing charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage. He's likely done with professional baseball for good.
Thu, May 3, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Matt Bush's bond reduction ruling has been postponed until Monday due to a health issue with the prosecutor.

The former first overall draft pick is currently in the Charlotte County jail in Florida with a bail of $1.015 million. His lawyer is trying to have that reduced. Bush faces charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage for striking a 72-year-old motorcyclist last month while drunk and leaving the scene. The Rays have placed him on the restricted list and will likely release him once it becomes convenient for them to do so.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 11:09:00 AM

Matt Bush broke down in tears Monday morning during a short testimony at his bond reduction hearing.

"I have no desire, will or want, to drink again," Bush told the court. The former No. 1 overall pick remains in jail in Charlotte County, Florida on charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage after striking a 72-year-old motorcyclist with an SUV during a drunken rampage last month. Bush was placed on the restricted list by the Rays and is doubtful to ever return to professional baseball. His bond reduction hearing will be continued Thursday.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 12:35:00 PM

Rays placed RHP Matt Bush on the restricted list.

He's no longer on the 40-man roster and will not get paid, but the Rays have not given him his release yet. But, Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman has already said that Bush will never play for the team again, so it's only a matter of time. The former first-round pick is currently in the Charlotte County jail in Florida facing charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage after he hit a 72-year-old motorcyclist.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 03:35:00 PM

The 72-year-old motorcyclist whom Matt Bush struck with an SUV on Thursday is "completely unresponsive."

If the man dies, Bush will face a prison sentence of at least two years. The former first overall draft pick is currently in the Charlotte County jail in Florida with a bail of $1.015 million. He's facing charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage, but that list is likely to grow. The Rays are expected to release him soon from their 40-man roster.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 12:25:00 PM

Tampa Bay Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said Matt Bush won't play for the Rays again.

Bush is in the Charlotte County jail with a bond of $1.015 million. He was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of a crime Thursday night in Florida after hitting a 72-year-old motorcyclist with his SUV and driving off. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft was trying to revitalize his career in a relief role with the Rays, but the end of that dream is the least of his problems at the moment.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 06:01:00 PM

Matt Bush was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of a crime Thursday night in Florida.

Bush, who hit a 72-year-old motorcyclist with his SUV and then drove off, has also been charged with property damage and suffered what are being described as "serious injuries." The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft was trying to revitalize his career in a relief role with the Rays, but it's quite possible that Tampa Bay will simply decide to cut ties with him. This isn't the first time Bush has been in serious legal trouble, and it's not the first time a mistake of his has been fueled by alcohol.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:07:00 PM

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2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Joey Gallo
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Drew Stubbs
3Jared Hoying
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Cesar Ramos
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Sam Dyson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Luke Jackson
9Tanner Scheppers