When the Padres drafted Matt Bush first overall in the 2004 First Year Player draft***, nobody thought he was the best player available. First round talent? Sure. Number one pick? Nah. Guys like Stephen Drew and Jared Weaver were held in higher regard but would command signing bonuses higher than the small market Padres could, or would, pay. So the Padres drafted the local high school star and it turned out to be one of the worst picks of all time. Here is a quick rundown of his career so far.
As a newly drafted 18 year old, he was accused of felony assault and misdemeanor trespassing, disorderly conduct and alcohol consumption by a minor after an altercation outside an Arizona nightclub. He went to Rookie and Short Season league and didn't hit.
The following spring he was injured in another fight outside a bar in Arizona, although the specifics never came out as he was not charged with a crime. And just like the fighting, the lack of hitting continued.
After four pathetic, injury-plagued years as an infielder, the Padres converted him to a pitcher. He supposedly hit mid-90's on the gun but was injured almost immediately after the switch and had Tommy John surgery.
While rehabbing his elbow, he was again arrested after and incident at a local San Diego high school. Apparently, a drunken Bush threw a golf club, picked up and threw a freshman lacrosse player and hit another one, then yelled “I'm Matt (expletive) Bush” before driving over a curb in his Mercedes when leaving the campus. The Padres released Bush.
He was signed by the Blue Jays but he didn't last long. While in their minor league camp he was accused of throwing a baseball past a young lady's head and banging on her car window to scare her after accusing her of drawing on his face with a marker. The Blue Jays released him.
Last June he was arrested again and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving involving alcohol, vandalism and resisting arrest. He spent 120 days in an alcohol rehab center.The Tampa Rays signed him. He has yet to be arrested as a member of the Rays, or pitch more than three innings.
***Why is it called "First Year Player Draft?" First year of what? Why isn't it the amateur draft, like every other professional sports organization calls it.
Phillies PadresRetired Number
Batting Avg 14 23
Home Runs 10 26
RBI 18 21
ERA 7 1
WHIP 27 4
Strikeouts 21 9
If you've been reading these "Know Your Enemy" posts then you know I'm interested in mediocre players that get their nubmers retired. Well, the Padres can add to the list because they retired Randy Jones' number 35. Randy Jones did have back-to-back 20 win season and won the Cy Young in the second of those years. But after that, he wasn't all that good. His career record with the Padres was 92-105. He had a losing record in five of his eight years in San Diego. Weak.
Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?
Here's a breakdown of how the Phils and Padres spend their money.
Phillies Padres- The Phillies are paying $74 million for this offense. I haven't see money spent this poorly since the Yankees pitching staff of a few years ago (remember Pavano, Wright, etc?). You you what you can buy for $74 million? How about 4.9 million cases of Miller High Life to drown our sorrow.
Starting 8 74.4 12.8
Rotation 33.8 15.5
Bullpen 25.8 6.5
Bench 3.6 2.3
Est. total 138 38
Committed for 2011 134 ZERO!
- The Padres "Rotation" total includes their highest paid player, Chris Young, even though he's only pitched one game this year. Subtract his $6 million and what the Padres are doing is even more impressive.
- You read that correctly. The Padres have no money committed to next season. They do have buyouts on two players totaling $1.1 million so I guess they have something committed. But they have no players under contract and only have six arbitration eligible players with closer Heath Bell being the most prominent. You want to run a team by spending the least amount of money possible, the Padres are the standard bearer. Pay attention to this, Pirates...
"I don't know what, they want from me
It's like the more money we come across
The more problems we see"