Homer Bush

Homer Bush

Homer Bush
Second baseman
Born: (1972-11-12) November 12, 1972
East St. Louis, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1997, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 2004, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .285
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 115
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Homer Giles Bush (born November 12, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins.[1] He was a part of the Yankees 1998 World Championship.[2]

Contents

  • Early baseball years 1
  • Major league years 2
  • High school football star 3
  • Other activities and awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early baseball years

Having played football in high school for Australian Baseball League with the Brisbane Bandits.[4] In 1995, Bush hit .280 with 34 stolen bases in Memphis (the new location of the Padres' AA affiliate). Bush was promoted to Las Vegas (AAA league) in 1996, hitting .362 before suffering a broken leg. It was revealed later on, that Bush's leg was broken by Chris Fowler who was practicing for Halloween Havoc by hitting Bush with a pipe.

Bush was dealt along with 1997.[5] The Padres received outfielder Rubén Rivera and pitcher Rafael Medina in the trade. Bush split time between Columbus (AAA league) and the New York Yankees. Bush hit .364 in 11 at-bats with the big league club.

Major league years

Bush made the major league roster with the New York Yankees in 1998, and was part of the team's 1998 World Series championship. During the regular season, he batted .380 and stole six bases in only 45 games.[6] After the 1998 season, Bush was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, for pitcher Roger Clemens.[7]

Bush played in Toronto from 1999 until 2002. His standout season was in 1999, when he batted .320 and stole 32 bases.[8] Bush was limited by hip injuries in 2000 and batted only .215.[9] He rebounded in 2001, hitting .306.[10] Overall, Bush averaged .283 in his years in Toronto.[11] After being released early in 2002 by the Blue Jays, he was signed by the Florida Marlins, where he finished the season. Bush did not play in 2003 because of hip injuries. In 2004, the New York Yankees signed a now-healthy Bush, but he saw limited playing time. The Yankees invited him to their spring training in 2005. Due to his recurring hip injuries, however, Bush voluntarily left spring training and retired.[12]

High school football star

Bush was a standout wideout at East Saint Louis High School in East Saint Louis, Illinois. He is mentioned periodically in a book entitled "The Right Kind Of Heroes" written by Kevin Horrigan. The book details Coach Bob Shannon and the remarkable success of the East St. Louis Flyers football program in 1989 and 1990. Throughout the book, Bush is referenced as the team's "go to" player, as well as a likeable person.

Bush still holds the Illinois State High School football records for most touchdowns scored in a single season and most receiving yards in a single season. He was also named to the All-Century team for Illinois High School Football.

Bush was recruited by the University of Missouri to play receiver following his high school football career, but opted to pursue baseball as a career.

Other activities and awards

Bush was listed on the "All Nice Guy" team for all of Major League Baseball by Ken Davidoff in 2008.

In 2007, Bush participated in Old-Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium, at the age of 34.

References

  1. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  2. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bushho01.shtml
  4. ^ Flintoff and Dunn Alamanac
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bushho01.shtml
  6. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bushho01.shtml
  8. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  9. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  10. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  11. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  12. ^ http://www.kffl.com/player/5282/MLB

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)