For every great story about a player who came out of nowhere and succeeded, there is another about one who suffered a huge fall from the top. Such is the case with 2004 No. 1 overall pick of the San Diego Padres, Matt Bush. The troubled 26-year old appears to be heading for some more time behind bars.
From USA Today:
Bush, a shortstop turned pitcher who never played above Class AA in the minor leagues, will accept a plea deal from the state of Florida for a DUI hit-and-run case, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Bush's father, Daniel, said it will involve a prison sentence of at least three years, not including the time already served.
Bush has been in Charlotte County (Fla.) jail since his arrest on March, where police said he hit the motorcycle of 72-year-old Tony Tufano and fled the scene. Police reported that Bush had a blood alcohol percentage of .180, more than double the level at which Florida considers a driver impaired.
Bush became the first high school shortstop taken with the top pick in the draft since Seattle took Alex Rodriguez in 1993. However, Bush's career as a shortstop was shortlived due to his inability to muster offensive production. He has been out of baseball altogether since 2011 after having spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays (2009) and Tampa Bay Rays (2010-11).
He was recently tabbed by Sports Illustrated as the biggest bust in baseball draft history.
Yes, life certainly looked much more promising for Bush back in '04 than it does in '12 and beyond.