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Andrew Friedman: Matt Bush is “not going to play for us again”

Mar 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

For now Matt Bush remains on the Rays’ 40-man roster following his arrest on DUI, hit-and-run, and several other charges, but that may soon be changing.

Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said yesterday that Bush is “not going to play for us again” and indicated that the ongoing investigation might be the only thing keeping the Rays from simply releasing him immediately.

Bush, who was arrested Thursday while driving teammate Brandon Guyer’s car, remains in jail on a $1 million bond and the 72-year-old motorcyclist he hit is in critical condition with a breathing tube.

Bush’s problems with alcohol and self-control cost him a chance to make good on the Padres picking him No. 1 overall in 2004 and now they’re costing him a chance to complete what had been a fairly successful transition to pitching.

It’s only a matter of time before the Rays trade or, more likely, release him.

  1. jimbo1949 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Apparently not good enough to overcome his negatives, what a dilemna were he a 20 game winner.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Rot in prison scumbag

  3. phillyphever - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    He in my book is the biggest draft bust in MLB history.

  4. scafeets - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    If he ever gets out of jail, he can look up neighbor Brien Taylor. They have a lot in common.

  5. Detroit Michael - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    It’s easy to take a moral stance when the guy was a fringe player to start with. Last time I checked, the Red Sox still employ Bobby Jenks and these very Rays employ Josh Leuke.

    • wendell7 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      And the Tigers employ Miguel Cabrerra, whose issues with alcohol and domestic abuse are well documented.

    • chrisdtx - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      It’s easy to take a moral stance when the guy caused serious physical injury to another human being. It has nothing to do with his erstwhile talent. And I’m pretty sure the moral indignation (righfully) reached a fever pitch with Leuke.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Bobby Jenks is just Matt Bush waiting to happen and there’s another iteration of that poor guy this moron hit just waiting for Jenks to take him down too. Drunk drivers are a plague. They only seem to be different people.

      • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Moral indignation aside, Leuke still has a job. And he did something far more reprehensible than what Bush did. Google his name and the term “anal swab” if you’ve got the stomach for it.

  6. aaronmoreno - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Don’t hammer on Friedman for picking rape over potential manslaughter. After all, these charges might stick and hurt Bush’s playing time.

    • JBerardi - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Right. It’s harder to bully the victim into dropping the charges in the Bush case.

  7. perennialsinn21 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    So I guess it’s to soon to pitch my new movie driving matt bush

  8. t205cobb - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM


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