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Homer Bush
Second baseman
Born: November 12, 1972 (1972-11-12) (age 37)
East St. Louis, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 16, 1997 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 2004 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average     .285
Hits     363
Runs batted in     115
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Homer Giles Bush (born November 12, 1972 in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins.[1] He was a part of the Yankees 1998 world championship. [2]

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Early Baseball Years

Bush was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1991. His first year in the minor leagues he batted .323 with the Arizona Padres (rookie league). After batting only .234 in 1992 in Charleston South Carolina (low A league), he batted .322 with 39 stolen bases in 1993 in Waterloo Iowa (middle A league), winning minor league player of the year for the San Diego Padres organization. His success continued in winter baseball where he played in Australia, hitting .364 and winning the batting title and being named the league MVP. In 1994, Bush split his time between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (high A league), where he hit .335, and Wichita (AA league), where he hit .298. He then spent that off-season in the Australian Baseball League with the Brisbane Bandits.[3] In 1995, Bush hit .280 with 34 stolen bases in Memphis (the new location of the Padres' AA affiliate). Bush was promoted to Las Vegas (AAA league) in 1996, hitting .362 before suffering a broken leg.

Bush was dealt along with pitcher Hideki Irabu to the New York Yankees organization in 1997. The Padres received outfielder Ruben Rivera and pitcher Rafael Medina in the trade. Bush split time between Columbus (AAA league) and the New York Yankees. Bush hit .364 with the Yankees, but had only 11 at bats with them.

Major League Years

Bush made the major league roster with the New York Yankees in 1998, and was part of the team's 1998 World Series championship, although he only appeared in the postseason as a pinch runner. During the regular season, he batted .380 and stole six bases in only 45 games.[4] After the 1998 season, Bush was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, for pitcher Roger Clemens.

Bush played in Toronto from [1999] until 2002. His standout season was in 1999, when he batted .320 and stole 32 bases.[5] Bush was limited by hip injuries in 2000 and batted only .215.[6] He rebounded in 2001, hitting .306.[7] Overall, Bush averaged .283 in his years in Toronto.[8] After being released early in 2002 by the Blue Jays, he was signed by the Florida Marlins, where he finished the season. Bush did not play in 2003 because of hip injuries. In 2004, the New York Yankees signed a now-healthy Bush, but he saw limited playing time. The Yankees invited him to their spring training in 2005. Due to his recurring hip injuries, however, Bush voluntarily left spring training and retired.

High School Football Star

Bush was a standout wideout at East Saint Louis High School in East Saint Louis, Illinois. He is mentioned periodically in a book entitled "The Right Kind Of Heroes" written by Kevin Horrigan. The book details Coach Bob Shannon and the remarkable success of the East St. Louis Flyers football program in 1989 and 1990. Throughout the book, Bush is referenced as the team's "go to" player, as well as a likeable person.

Bush still holds the Illinois State High School football records for most touchdowns scored in a single season and most receiving yards in a single season. He was also named to the All-Century team for Illinois High School Football.

Bush was recruited by the University of Missouri to play receiver following his high school football career, but opted to pursue baseball as a career.

Other Activities and Awards

Bush was listed on the "All Nice Guy" team for all of Major League Baseball by Ken Davidoff in [2008].

In 2007, Bush participated in Old-Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium, at the age of 34.

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References

  1. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  2. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  3. ^ Flintoff and Dunn Alamanac
  4. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  5. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  6. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  7. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  8. ^ Baseball-reference.com







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