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David Thomas Bush (born November 9, 1979) is an American professional baseball coach and former pitcher. The right-hander played in Major League Baseball (MLB) (20042011; 2013) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies. Bush also played for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in 2012.

Dave Bush
Dave Bush 2009.jpg
Bush with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009
Pitcher
Born: (1979-11-09) November 9, 1979 (age 39)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 2, 2004, for the Toronto Blue Jays
KBO: June 6, 2012, for the SK Wyverns
Last appearance
KBO: October 4, 2012, for the SK Wyverns
MLB: April 7, 2013, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record56–69
Earned run average4.73
Strikeouts768
KBO statistics
Win–loss record4–6
Earned run average4.43
Strikeouts45
Teams

On January 10, 2019, Bush was named minor league pitching coordinator (performance) for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.[1] He initially joined the Boston organization as a pitching development analyst after the 2016 season.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Bush graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania[3] and played college baseball at Wake Forest University where he was a double major in psychology and sociology. In 2000 and 2001, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), where he posted a league-leading 11 saves in 2000 with an earned run average of 0.84, and returned in 2001 to post an ERA of 0.34. In 2011, Bush was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame.[4]

Baseball careerEdit

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the fourth round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign. The following year Bush was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2002 draft. He spent 212 years in the Toronto farm system before his MLB debut on July 2, 2004, a starting assignment against the Montreal Expos.

Bush pitched two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, compiling a 10–15 record and a 4.15 ERA.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On December 7, 2005, he was traded along with Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman Lyle Overbay and minor league pitcher Ty Taubenheim. He would spend the bulk of his career with the Brewers, appearing for them in 152 of his 211 career games pitched, including 144 starts, and winning 46 of 99 decisions.

On August 11, 2010 in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bush became the third player in Major League history to allow four straight home runs (Paul Foytack and Chase Wright were the others). Bush was touched for consecutive solo blasts by Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew.

Bush became a free agent after the 2010 season.

Texas RangersEdit

On January 30, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers as their long reliever. He was designated for assignment on July 1, 2011.[5] He was released on July 6.[6]

Chicago CubsEdit

He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on July 15.[7] He opted out of his contract on August 11, after appearing in five games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, recording a 6.14 ERA.[8]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On August 14, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. On June 5, 2012, Bush opted out of that contract to pitch for the SK Wyverns of the KBO.[9]

SK WyvernsEdit

On June 6, 2012, it was announced that he signed with SK Wyverns of Korea Baseball Organization.[citation needed]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

Bush signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2012. Bush started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but the Blue Jays brought him up on April 6 when Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment.[10] Bush was designated for assignment on April 8, 2013.[11] Bush cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.[12] He became a free agent on October 1.

Near missesEdit

On three instances in Bush's career he has flirted with a no-hitter, taking it beyond seven complete innings. The first was on July 20, 2004, while pitching with the Blue Jays in only his third major-league starting appearance. He pitched 71/3 innings against the Oakland A's until Damian Miller, his future teammate with the Brewers, singled against him. In Milwaukee, Bush's next opportunity came against his former team, Toronto, on June 19, 2008. Lyle Overbay, the man Bush was traded for, led off the eighth inning with a triple to end the bid. In an April 23, 2009 game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he once again took the no-hit bid 71/3 innings before giving up a home run to Matt Stairs.[13]

All told, in 211 games pitched and 187 starts, Bush posted a 56–69 win-loss record, with six complete games and three shutouts. In 1,14413 innings pitched, he allowed 1,199 hits and 296 bases on balls with 768 strikeouts. A good control pitcher, he led the National League in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.37) in 2006.

Post-pitching careerEdit

Bush began working in private business in Bridgton, Maine, in 2011, but he remained in baseball as a coach at Bridgton Academy. He joined MLB International as an envoy-coach in March 2015, serving for two years as a pitching coach with national teams from China and South Africa, then joined the Red Sox late in 2016 as a pitching development analyst. In his 2019 role, he serves as one of two pitching coordinators in Boston's minor league system, with veteran coach Ralph Treuel in charge of logistics.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MLB.com (10 January 2019), "Red Sox Set Player Development, Minors Staffs"
  2. ^ Mastrodonato, Jason (26 November 2017), Dave Bush Brings Data, Deft Touch to Developing Pitchers for Red Sox. The Boston Herald
  3. ^ "Dave Bush Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Former A's Mike Lowell and David Bush to Enter CCBL Hall of Fame". chathamanglers.com. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Fraley, Gerry (2011-07-01). "Rangers activate Hunter; designate Bush". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  6. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Rangers Release Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Cubs Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  8. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Dave Bush Elects Free Agency". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  9. ^ Adams, Luke. "Phillies To Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Blue Jays send Jeffress to triple-A, recall Bush". April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Roy, Kieran (April 8, 2013). "Jays Claim 1B Mauro Gomez; DFA Dave Bush". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Dave Bush sent to Triple-A". April 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  13. ^ McCalvy, Adam (April 23, 2009). "Another ex-Brewer thwarts Bush's no-no".

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