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He was in jail for 51 months. He struggled with an alcohol addiction for almost 10 years. He has a 98-MPH fastball. His name is Matt Bush.
Drafted first overall as a shortstop in the 2004 draft, Matt Bush had all of the tools scouts look for-a cannon for an arm, speed, and a solid bat. Later converted to a pitcher, he did not make it out of the minor leagues. In 2011, he received just over a 4-year prison sentence for DUI with serious bodily injury. “The off-the-field stuff is a battle on its own,” Bush said. “I’ve been through a lot. I’ve put myself through a lot. I’ve realized a lot about myself, and I continue to understand and know the mistakes and where they lead.”
Only 6 weeks out of prison, the Texas Rangers signed him to a minor league deal. Now, after making his MLB debut at age 30, he stated, “I feel like I’m living a dream and I don’t ever want this to stop.”
Ironically, donning number 51 for last night’s game, Bush pitched well-a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout in the Rangers 5-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners. For Bush, this was a starting point-one that he will look to build on for the rest of his pro career.
~MLB Writer, Daniel Croll~