Matt Bush is Back in Baseball

Former Padres draft pick is getting another chance

In 2004 the Padres drafted San Diego native Matt Bush with the first overall pick of the MLB Draft. The Mission Bay high school alum's problems started almost immediately.

He moved from shortstop to the mound as a relief pitcher and despite being immensely talented Bush never advanced beyond high-class A before the Padres gave up on him. He ended up in the Rays organization but a battle with substance abuse led to a DUI and a 34-month prison stay.

Now, Matt Bush is back in baseball.

He signed a minor league deal with the Rangers. Texas sees the now-29-year-old continuing his career as a relief pitcher. They might be the perfect place for Bush to live his Big League dreams. Outfielder Josh Hamilton is back with the Rangers and could serve as a mentor to keep Bush on the right track.

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