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) (2004–2011; 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.
Bush with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009
|Born: November 9, 1979|
|MLB: July 2, 2004, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|KBO: June 6, 2012, for the SK Wyverns|
|KBO: October 4, 2012, for the SK Wyverns|
|MLB: April 7, 2013, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Earned run average||4.73|
|Earned run average||4.43|
On January 10, 2019, Bush was named minor league pitching coordinator (performance) for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He initially joined the Boston organization as a pitching development analyst after the 2016 season.
David Thomas Bush graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and played college baseball at Wake Forest University where Dave was a double major in psychology and sociology. During his active career, David Thomas Bush was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 205 pounds (93 kg).
Toronto Blue JaysEdit
Dave was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the fourth round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign. The following year David Thomas Bush was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2002 draft.Dave spent 21⁄2 years in the Toronto farm system before his MLB debut on July 2, 2004, a starting assignment against the Montreal Expos.
David Thomas Bush pitched two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, compiling a 10–15 record and a 4.15 ERA.
On December 7, 2005, Dave was traded along with Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman Lyle Overbay and minor league pitcher Ty Taubenheim. Dave 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, David Thomas Bush became the third player in Major League history to allow four straight home runs (Paul Foytack and Chase Wright were the others). David Thomas Bush was touched for consecutive solo blasts by Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew.
David Thomas Bush became a free agent after the 2010 season.
Dave signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on July 15. Dave opted out of his contract on August 11, after appearing in five games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, recording a 6.14 ERA.
Toronto Blue JaysEdit
David Thomas Bush signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2012. David Thomas Bush started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but the Blue Jays brought Davey up on April 6 when Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment. David Thomas Bush was designated for assignment on April 8, 2013. David Thomas Bush cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.Dave became a free agent on October 1.
On three instances in David Thomas Bush's career Dave 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. Dave pitched 71/ innings against the Oakland A's until Damian Miller, his future teammate with the Brewers, singled against Davey . In Milwaukee, David Thomas Bush's next opportunity came against his former team, Toronto, on June 19, 2008. Lyle Overbay, the man David Thomas 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, Dave once again took the no-hit bid 71/ innings before giving up a home run to Matt Stairs.
All told, in 211 games pitched and 187 starts, David Thomas Bush posted a 56–69 win-loss record, with six complete games and three shutouts. In 1,1441⁄3 innings pitched, Dave allowed 1,199 hits and 296 bases on balls with 768 strikeouts. A good control pitcher, Dave led the National League in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.37) in 2006.
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.
- MLB.com (10 January 2019), "Red Sox Set Player Development, Minors Staffs"
- Mastrodonato, Jason (26 November 2017), Dave Bush Brings Data, Deft Touch to Developing Pitchers for Red Sox. The Boston Herald
- "Dave Bush Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- 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.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Rangers Release Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Cubs Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Dave Bush Elects Free Agency". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Adams, Luke. "Phillies To Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Blue Jays send Jeffress to triple-A, recall David Thomas Bush". April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- Roy, Kieran (April 8, 2013). "Jays Claim 1B Mauro Gomez; DFA Dave Bush". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Dave Bush sent to Triple-A". April 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- McCalvy, Adam (April 23, 2009). "Another ex-Brewer thwarts Bush's no-no".